Psorisis Treatment

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to multiply faster than normal. Normally skin cells are replaced every 3-4 weeks, but with psoriasis this process only takes 3-7days. This causes patches on the skin that are flaky, which then look scaly in appearance. Psoriasis affects around 2% of the UK population, and most people begin to experience symptoms before the age of 35.

It is important to note that psoriasis is not contagious. Psoriasis can run in families and therefore there is likely to be a genetic link. Psoriasis is typically diagnosed by a GP after a skin examination. In some cases, you may be referred to a dermatologist.

Main symptoms of psoriasis:

  • Patches of red rough skin with silver-coloured scales. These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body
  • Itchy skin that cracks or bleeds
  • Issues with the nails of hands and feet such as discolouration or detachment from the nail bed

Treatment of psoriasis:

Depending on the severity of psoriasis, there are various types of treatment available:

  • Topical treatment: this is when creams or emollients are applied to the skin usually for mild to moderate psoriasis. Medicated ointments and creams may also be used. Some people find that topical treatment is enough to treat their psoriasis. If you have psoriasis on your scalp, then a shampoo can also be used.
  • Phototherapy: The affected areas of your skin are exposed to ultraviolet light. This treatment is provided under the care of a dermatologist in a hospital.
  • Systemic: if you have severe psoriasis, you may be prescribed oral tablets that work throughout the body.

Different treatments are often used in combination but identifying which is most suited to your skin can be difficult. It is important to speak with your GP if you feel that the treatment is not working for you.

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