Psoriasis treatment

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin to develop. It is most frequently found on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp, and can cause significant discomfort and embarrassment. Unfortunately it is a chronic disease, meaning it is long-lasting, and it can occur at any time, but our expert consultant dermatologists can help you to manage the condition and reduce the symptoms.

What does treatment involve?

Once you have been diagnosed, there are a number of treatment options to help with the management of psoriasis:

Topical treatments

These are creams which can improve psoriasis and helps to control it such as Vitamin D analogues, moisturisers, tar preparation, dithranol or topical steroids.

Phototherapy

This process involves exposing the skin to concentrated ultraviolet light, in a UVA or UVB machine over a period of several weeks to months.

Systemic medications

There are a number of oral or injected medications for patients with more severe psoriasis, which in most cases suppress the immune system, thereby controlling the disease more successfully.

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