Stem Cells May Treat Psoriasis

Stem Cells May Treat Psoriasis

Psoriasis can be a difficult condition to manage because it is incurable and a life long disease. It causes itchy, red patches of skin that look like a rash and make the skin extremely uncomfortable. Most cases need to be managed with medications, creams, and injections for a patient to manage the painful symptoms. Stem cells are being studied as a treatment for Psoriasis symptoms with success and may get patients the cure they need.


What is Stem Cell Therapy?


Stems cells are very unique cells that everyone has in their body. They are the source for all our tissue, muscle, bone, and brain cells. Recently, they have been used in regenerative medicine because they have the ability to repair damaged cells and create new, healthy ones. There are many different ways to harvest stem cells from our own tissues, and some methods are easier than others. They can be found in embryonic cells, adult stem cells like bone marrow and fat tissue, adult stem cells that have been changed into embryonic cells, and perinatal cells. Several of these stem cells have the ability to become mesenchymal stem cells, which can become bone, fat, and cartilage. The easiest and most pain-free method of harvesting stem cells in adults is from a patient’s own fat tissue. These fat-derived stem cells never decline in abundance as you age, as adult bone marrow stem cells do. Bone marrow stem cells can also be extremely painful to harvest, unlike fat cells that are quick and painless to sample. Embryonic stem cells have been considered unethical to use, as they use unborn embryos to harvest the stem cells they use to create organs and tissues for a fetus.


What is Psoriasis?


Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, constantly causing them to shed and turn over. It also causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy, and sometimes very painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly. There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage symptoms. Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking and managing stress, may help. Psoriasis signs and symptoms are different for everyone. Common signs and symptoms include red patches of skin, dry and cracked skin that may bleed, itching, burning or soreness, and swollen or stiff joints. Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time. It has even been known to go into complete remission.


How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help With My Psoriasis?


Umbilical derived mesenchymal stem cells have been proven to treat many different immune diseases in humans. They are able to control the immune system response, controlling inflammatory reactions of the skin. Stem cells may be able to control the keratin in the skin and the immune systems cytokine response to control psoriasis symptoms and treat the disease, not just cover up the pain with medications.

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