Magan Medical Clinic, Dermatology
We provide quality dermatology care with compassion. Our specialty is medical dermatology, including:
If you have hair thinning or psoriasis, Dr. Chiang possesses special expertise. He completed fellowships in both fields at University of California, San Francisco where he saw a wide spectrum of patients (including the most severe), performed clinical trials, and published research.
We take pleasure in serving our community including Covina, West Covina, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Baldwin Park, Azusa, Glendora, Upland, El Monte, Duarte, Monrovia, Arcadia, La Puente, and Diamond Bar.
Same day appointments often available. No referral is necessary for PPO insurance plans. Please call (626) 331-6411. We look forward to serving you!
"What’s New in..."
A monthly column by Dr. Chiang
What’s New in Psoriasis
Psoriasis is characterized by red scaly plaques, especially on the elbows and knees. However, it can affect anywhere on the body, including the private areas. This is part of the reason psoriasis patients suffer from a “very large negative effect” on their lives. This was seen in a 2011 study of the injectable medication Stelara when patients answered a standardized questionnaire (Dermatology Life Quality Index). The study was important in finding a 22.6% rate of impaired sexual function, seen more in females than males. Importantly, this rate decreased to 2.7% after 3 months of treatment. A more recent study of the yet-to-be-approved systemic medication ixekizumab (an easier to say brand name will be used once the medication is approved) found an even higher 32% rate of self-reported psoriasis-related sexual difficulties, decreasing to 7% after 4 months of treatment.
Overall, the takeaway message isn’t that a specific medication would be useful in assisting psoriasis patients who suffer from sexual dysfunction. However, it does seem that the better the psoriasis is controlled, whether by topicals (ie, creams/ointments), phototherapy (using the medical phototherapy booth we have in our office), or systemics (pills or injections), the better the quality of life for patients, including the private areas of their lives.
If you have psoriasis, of whatever severity, I look forward to seeing you. Please make an appointment for a dermatology consultation at (626) 331-6411.
Charles Chiang, MD, FAAD
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