What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated condition which is generally¬†long-lasting. It’s an autoimmune disease which is generally characterised by patches of abnormal skin. These patches of skin are often scaly, flaky, crusty, itchy and sometimes red (when the patch of psoriasis is treated it can also appear redder than your usual skin tone).

Psoriasis can be a very hard skin condition to live with; in most cases it never really goes away and needs constant maintenance with topical treatments to keep it from becoming aggressive, which can be really time consuming for the sufferer. A typical psoriasis sufferer will experience periods where symptoms are very mild or manageable, followed by periods in which a breakout can be really severe.

What causes Psoriasis?

The exact cause for psoriasis is unknown, but in very basic medical terms, psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. This can be caused for a number of reasons:

Family history and genetics

Uncontrolled or severe stress

Obesity

Smoking

Triggered by bacterial or viral infections

Triggered by certain medication

Treating Psoriasis

If you suffer with psoriasis, you have probably already sought medical advice from you GP. Mild to moderate sufferers can often maintain the condition with topical treatments, and sometimes may be advised to have UVB treatment. The problem with UVB treatment is that it can only target certain areas of the body (not the scalp, which is a common place to suffer with psoriasis), and you can only have a limited amount of treatment sessions due to the danger of UV exposure. If your condition is more severe, you may be offered systematic medication, but this can affect your immune system even further.

Your best option is to seek advice from a reputable dermatologist, such as Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, who consults from Harley Street, London. Please click here to get in contact with his team.