Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches of skin and affects around 2% of the UK’s population, and though it can affect people at any point in their lives, it is most often develops during adulthood in those under the age of 35. The severity and symptoms of psoriasis can differ between each case so it is always worth seeking out the advice of a trusted dermatologist such as our team here at LINIA Skin.
What causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is one of the most persistent and irritating of all skin conditions, caused by the rapid multiplication of skin cells, up to 10 times faster than the normal production levels in a healthy individual. As these new underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die the sheer volume of them leads to raised, red plaque and white scale patches to appear on the skin surface. The area’s most commonly affected are the knees, elbows and scalp, though many psoriasis sufferers also experience such symptoms on the torso, palms and soles of their feet.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Plaques of red skin which are often covered in white or silvery coloured scales is one of the most common symptoms experienced by all psoriasis sufferers. These lesions tend to be itchy and sore, often cracking and bleeding, and in severe cases the plaques can grow and merge into one another covering large areas of the body.
Symptoms may also be identified at the fingernails and toenails, such as discolouration, detachment form the nailbed, pitting and the crumbling of the nails.
The National Psoriasis Foundation in the USA also estimates that somewhere between 10-30% of all psoriasis sufferers also suffer for psoriatic arthritis, which is an often-painful swelling in the joints.
How do we treat Psoriasis?
Here at LINIA Skin Clinic we specialise in providing a diverse range of psoriasis treatments in London to suit the individual needs of every patient.
Our treatment plans can include:
- Topical treatments – here the use of Vitamin D analogues or topical corticosteroids can be applied to the skin in cream or ointment form to relieve the itchiness and soreness of the plaque areas.
- Phototherapy – if topical treatments aren’t effective or the symptom s are more severe, phototherapy treatment which involves exposing the skin to A or B ultraviolet light waves may be used.
- Systemic treatments – in the most severe cases systemic treatments will be used which involves medication, that works throughout the whole body, to be orally taken or injected.
If you’d like to discuss with our expert dermatologist just how we can help relieve your suffering then please get in touch with us today or fill in the consultation request form below.