If Psoriasis is affecting your life, then Aiconic Dermatology Clinic – Psoriasis Treatment is here to help. Our Consultant Dermatologists and Advanced Nurse Practitioner can offer you expert management of your psoriasis very quickly and support you on a regular basis.
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Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes thickening, redness, and scaling. It can affect the whole of the skin including the scalp and nails.
Alternate names include chronic plaque, guttate, nummular/discoid, palmoplantar pustular, pustular, annular pustular, generalized pustular] – psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, sebopsoriasis
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes thickening, redness, and scaling. It can affect the whole of the skin including the scalp and nails. Occasionally, it can be associated with arthritis. It tends to be intermittent in nature and is characterized by remission and ‘flare ups’.
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The causes of psoriasis remain unknown, but it can run in families and be precipitated by illnesses, stresses or even some medications. Although there is no cure, the condition can be well controlled with medication.
Usual Clinical Presentation
What does it look like?
There are several clinical patterns of psoriasis (see pictures):
Chronic Plaque– The commonest variant, it tends to occur on the extensor aspects of the elbows and knees and in the scalp. Skin changes include pink or red inflamed, thickened plaques with copious white scale (see image).
Sebopsoriasis – similar to scalp psoriasis but can occur on the face, chest, armpits and groin
Flexural – raw, red areas in the groin, armpits or under the breasts
Guttate – multiple small spots of psoriasis that erupt on the trunk following a sore throat or illness.
Erythrodermic – extensive disease covering more than 90% of the body surface area.
Palmoplantar pustular – pus-filled inflamed spots and the palms and soles
Pustular – the most severe form of psoriasis, skin lesions are red, tender and filled with pus spots.
Psoriasis can be well controlled with medication
The treatment of psoriasis can be divided into three basic strategies depending on severity:
- Topical creams
- Phototherapy (ultraviolet/sunlight
- Systemic medication (oral or injectable drugs).
Creams include emollients, soap substitutes, steroids, or tar.
Phototherapy involves precise doses of ultraviolet light being delivered by a medical UV-machine.
Systemic medications include tablets such as Acitetrin, Methotrexate and Cyclosporine or injectables such as Etanercept, Adalimumab or Ustekinemab. These powerful drugs are reserved for severe or life-limiting Psoriasis.
Our Psoriasis specialists at Aiconic Clinics can offer patients specialist treatment for all types of Psoriasis to help control the condition.
Remember, although Psoriasis is incurable, it can be well controlled with medication. There is no need to let Psoriasis rule your life