Psoriasis is a very common condition that can occur at any stage of life. Psoriasis has many different varieties and can morph into different subsets with varying appearance. Psoriasis can affect the scalp, nails, skin folds, palms and soles, as well as the more typical locations such as the elbows, knees and lower back. In some cases joints can become inflamed in association with psoriasis leading to joint pain and stiffness (called psoriatic arthritis). Treatments include creams, light therapy (phototherapy, UVB), tablets and injections.
Psoriasis is not an infection and is not contagious in any way. Various causes have been identified for psoriasis, the most important being your genetic makeup. Factors which can worsen or cause a flare of psoriasis include stress, some medications and infections. Severe psoriasis can be related to other health problems.
Treatments (creams, phototherapy, tablets, injections)
Effective management of psoriasis requires patience and commitment. This includes engaging closely with your dermatologist to ensure your treatment plan is personalised and re-assessed to optimise your care. Various prescription creams, lotions and gels are available with medicaments targeting different aspects of the condition. Phototherapy (light therapy, UVB) works by decreasing inflammation in the skin and can be an effective ‘natural’ treatment for many patients. This treatment is free of charge for our patients. Various tablets are available for more severe psoriasis. Injectable medications may be considered in resistant and severe cases. Exercise and a low GI diet can assist with the treatment of psoriasis. Stress reduction techniques is thought to be helpful in preventing flares of psoriasis.
It is important to remember that a cure for psoriasis is not available and all treatment options are simply to manage what is mostly a chronic condition. Nevertheless, with an individualised specialist management plan most patients can live life clear of active psoriasis. Please visit the contact us page should you wish to make an appointment with a dermatologist.