Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition presenting as red scaly red patches on the skin.
Psoriasis affects up to 3 % of the population.
It can occur anywhere on the skin, most frequently on the scalp, lower back, knees and elbows.
Psoriasis can also affect the nails and may be associated with significant arthritis.
Psoriasis can be itchy and uncomfortable and may result in cracking and bleeding of the affected site.
Although Psoriasis cannot be cured with the help of your Dermatologist, a management plan can be developed to keep it controlled.
Your dermatologist will assist in developing a treatment plan customised to the severity of your psoriasis.
This may involve a combination of treatments including
TOPICAL THERAPY FOR PSORIASIS
Topical steroids and the topical combination of steroid and vitamin D are the first line treatment for psoriasis. Your Dermatologist can customize a safe long term regime. 70-80% of patients with Psoriasis will gain good control with topical therapy alone.
SYSTEMIC THERAPIES FOR PSORIASIS
Systtemic treatments include
These are often effective but require assessment of risk before use and constant reassessment/monitoring for side effects by your Dermatologist during use.
Injectable “Biologic” medications are used for severe psoriasis when the above options fail.