Psoriasis trial needs clients
More than 100 people suffering from psoriasis are being sought for an Auckland-based vitamin D trial.
Now under way at Massey University’s Vitamin D Research Centre, the trial is being led by PhD student Michelle Ingram.
Ms Ingram says the study is examining the potential of vitamin D as an alternative low-cost treatment to the uncomfortable condition.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin disease.
An estimated one in 50 adults in New Zealand live with it.
Plaque-based psoriasis is the most common type and while it can be managed, there is no known cure.
Ms Ingram says people with psoriasis often avoid common activities such as swimming or going to the hairdresser.
She says the condition can have significant impact on a sufferer’s self-esteem.
‘‘If we are able to prove that vitamin D can help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, that’s a big step towards helping people with psoriasis lead a more normal life.’’
Traditional treatments include topical lotions, creams, pills or injections and photo-therapy.
They can be inconvenient, expensive and increase the risk of other health problems, Ms Ingram says.
Researchers for the trial are seeking psoriasis sufferers who are aged 18 or older with plaque-type psoriasis that is in ‘‘active phase’’ and had been stable for the past two months.
Volunteers must meet certain criteria and be able to attend five appointments at the Albany-based centre for assessments and samples over a one-year period.