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Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition in which the skin goes red, scaly and itchy. The condition can develop at any age but typically occurs in adults under the age of 35. It can appear anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. The severity of the condition varies, and can be painful when the rash flares up.
Although there is no relation between psoriasis and diet, the exact cause of psoriasis is not known. Psoriasis can affect the skin, nails and joints and severe psoriasis is now known to be linked to heart disease.
Alternative names: Chronic plaque, guttate, nummular/discoid, palmoplantar pustular, pustular, annular pustular, generalized pustular] – psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, sebopsoriasis.
What causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis tends to be intermittent in nature and is characterised by remission and ‘flare ups’. Psoriasis appears when the body replaces skin cells more quickly than usual, so the cells that appear on the surface of the skin are not fully mature. This is likely due to a problem with the immune system, but the exact causes of psoriasis remain unknown. Psoriasis can run in families and be brought on by illnesses, stresses or even some medications. Although there is no cure, the condition can be well controlled with medication.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS/TYPES OF PSORIASIS?
The severity of psoriasis varies a great deal from person to person, with some people experiencing it as a minor irritation, whilst for other people it can have a major impact on their quality of life. Severe psoriasis can cause low self-esteem, as well as the discomfort and pain that can occur with flare-ups of the rash. There are several clinical patterns of psoriasis (see pictures):
- Chronic Plaque – The most common 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 (see image).
- 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.
HOW CAN PSORIASIS BE TREATED?
Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis but there are ways the condition can be managed and symptoms alleviated. Many good treatments are now available for psoriasis, these include:
- Biologic injections
- Oral medications (methotrexate & cyclosporin)
- Creams and gels
- Ultraviolet light
In addition to receiving specific treatment for psoriasis flare-ups, it’s also important that you self-manage your skin condition in order to minimise and prevent flare-ups from happening. Maintaining good physical and mental health will ensure that your immune system is strong, and will lessen the risk of joint pain and fatigue that can be associated with psoriasis. Stress is often a trigger for flare-ups of psoriasis and other skin conditions, so beneficial for your health if you can avoid stress as much as possible.
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Psoriasis can vary in severity from no more than a minor irritation to being a major problem – in extreme cases, sometimes requiring hospitalisation. Even a small bit of psoriasis in a delicate area such as the face or genitals can cause immense distress. Occasionally it can be itchy or cause painful splitting or fissuring of the skin. As well as the skin being affected, the nails can become abnormally brittle with flaking and pitting. 5% of patients might develop arthritis associated with psoriasis. Although psoriasis is incurable, it can be well controlled with medication.
In addition to receiving specific treatment for psoriasis flare-ups, it’s also important that you self-manage your skin condition in order to minimise and prevent flare-ups from happening. Maintaining good physical and mental health will ensure that your immune system is strong and will lessen the risk of joint pain and fatigue that can be associated with psoriasis. Stress is often a trigger for flare-ups of psoriasis and other skin conditions, so beneficial for your health if you can avoid stress as much as possible.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you to manage your psoriasis effectively in the long term, please contact us and we’ll arrange a consultation with one of our dermatology specialists.
Psoriasis can run in families so if you have a close family member who suffers from the condition then you are more likely to have it too. The exact role genetics play in psoriasis is unclear.
Common psoriasis triggers include:
- an injury to the skin
- immune disorders
- certain medications
No, psoriasis is not contagious
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