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.
Various clinical patterns of psoriasis are there that include:
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.
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.
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.