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Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is said to be a skin condition that causes red, crusty and flaky patches of skin being covered with silvery scales.

It affects near about 2% of people in the United Kingdom. It may begin at any age but often found in adults below 35 years. Psoriasis can affect both men and women.

This chronic disease usually involves periods when you either have mild or no symptoms which is followed by periods when the symptoms become severe.

Causes of Psoriasis

  • drinking too much alcohol
  • smoking
  • throat infections immune disorders
  • Genetics
  • hormonal changes in case of women
  • skin injury such as a scrape, insect bite, cut or sunburn

What it looks like

Various clinical patterns of psoriasis are there that include:

  • Chronic Plaque– It usually occurs on the knees, elbows and in the scalp. Skin changes include red or pink inflamed, thickened plaques with white scale
  • Sebopsoriasis– This is quite similar to scalp psoriasis however occurs on the chest, armpits, face and groin
  • Flexural– This is the red areas in the armpits, groin or under the breasts
  • Guttate– These aere several small spots of psoriasis that erupt on the trunk which is then followed by illness or sore throat
  • Erythrodermic– This severe disease usually covers more than 90% of the surface area of your body.
  • Palmoplantar pustular – This is pus-filled inflamed spots on the palms and soles
  • Pustular– This is the most severe form of psoriasis where skin lesions are red, tender which are then filled with pus spots

How it might affect me

Psoriasis may differ in severity from minor irritation to a major problem - in extreme cases, thus requiring hospitalization, at times. Even a small psoriasis in the face or genitals may be the reason for immense distress. It may be itchy or lead to fissuring of the skin or painful splitting, at times. The nails too can become abnormally brittle with pitting and flaking. 5% of patients might suffer from arthritis who have been associated with psoriasis.

What are the treatments?

The treatment for psoriasis may be divided into three strategies depending on its severity, phototherapy, namely creams or oral/injectable drugs.

Creams include – emollients, vitamin D, steroids, tar, soap substitutes.

Phototherapy involves the exact dose of ultraviolet light that is delivered with a medical UV-machine. Phototherapy services are usually provided from our clinic with the help of trusted local providers like the Whittington Hospital or the Phototherapy Clinic.

Systemic medications consist of tablets like acitretin, ciclosporin, methotrexate or injectables such as adalimumab, etanercept or ustekinemab. These are powerful drugs for life-limiting or extreme psoriasis.

Contact Our Clinic

At The Skin Clinic London, our team of dermatologists will assess the condition of your skin and then provide the right treatment depending on the type and severity of your psoriasis. Our objective is to decrease cell turnover and take care of skin irritations with the least possible side effects.

Are you suffering from red skin patches?
Contact our skin specialists today!

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