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Psoriasis: The Burden of an Ugly Skin Condition

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: The top ways to treat and manage the embarrassing skin condition of psoriasis.
Air Date: 4/29/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Edward M. Kramer, MD & Dawn Liebovitz
Dr. KramerEdward M. Kramer, M.D., is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the Therapeutic Guidelines Task Force for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He specializes in skin cancer surgery utilizing Mohs surgery and further specializes in the full complement of cosmetic laser surgery procedures.

He is the founder and president of Aesthetic Dermatology & Laser Center Medical Group, Inc. with office locations in Laguna Niguel and Anaheim, California. Dr. Kramer's office serves as a National Training Center for Botox and he has been a clinical investigator for Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers.

Dr. Kramer graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Zoology and then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine where he graduated with Class Honors. He went on to complete an internship in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in Dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Kramer resides in Orange County with his wife and four children.

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Dawn Liebovitz, a resident of Laguna Niguel in California, is a stay at home mother with four children. At the age of 33, she had noticed the first psoriasis symptoms appeared and quickly progressed, which meant she often limited her daily activities to the indoors as she was too afraid to brave the elements of heat and sunshine that are inescapable in California. At one point she was 90 percent covered until she found a treatment that worked for her, and has made it a personal mission to raise awareness of psoriasis.
Psoriasis: The Burden of an Ugly Skin Condition
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.

At one point, psoriasis covered 90% of Dawn Liebovitz's body, creating the incessant need to itch. She felt shame and embarrassment and ultimately avoided all intimacy with her husband.

Thanks to treatment, however, Dawn is comfortable in her own skin and able to lead a happy, normal life.  She shares her advice for anyone living with psoriasis, including how she found an effective treatment regimen and how she managed to repair her marriage by treating her psoriasis. 

Dermatologist Dr. Edward M. Kramer, MD, also speaks on the variety of different types of psoriasis, as well as symptoms, similarities and differences between eczema and psoriasis and the best treatment options.