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.
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.
What can I do to help my Psoriasis?
Having a healthy diet and regular exercise have been shown to improve the symptoms of psoriasis. Stress has also been identified as a trigger for flare-ups in some people so reducing your stress levels could help. Smokers have been found to have an increased risk of developing psoriasis as it is theorised that toxins in cigarette smoke may affect parts of the immune system involved with psoriasis. Excessive alcohol consumption tends to also exacerbate psoriasis symptoms. Using a moisturiser alongside any other treatment is highly recommended to soften the skin and prevent itching.
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.