Psoriasis

Created: 03.08.2023

Updated: 30.12.2023

Approved by: General Practitioner, Dr Binita Parmar 

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that primarily affects the skin, but in some cases, it can also affect the joints.

Symptoms

It presents symptoms such as well-defined, round, red or pink patches on the body covered with greyish-silver scales. The affected skin often flakes and can itch at times. Psoriasis rashes commonly appear around the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, armpits, groin, hands, and feet. Approximately half of the individuals with psoriasis also experience changes in their nails, such as pitting or separation of the nails from the nail bed. One-third of those who suffer from psoriasis also have joint inflammation or inflammation of tendons and muscle attachments.

Psoriasis is also associated with other autoimmune diseases such as alopecia, vitiligo, and coeliac disease - gluten intolerance. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are also more common in individuals with psoriasis.

Treatment

Management of psoriasis typically involves effective treatments that help control the condition hence it is important to consult a GP.

In cases where symptoms are severe or not responding optimally to initial treatments, your GP may recommend consultation with a dermatologist, a specialised skin expert.

The choice of treatment is influenced by the type and severity of psoriasis as well as the affected skin areas. Initial approaches often involve mild treatments, such as topical creams applied directly to the skin. If necessary, your doctor may escalate to stronger treatments.

Psoriasis offers a spectrum of treatment options falling into three main categories:

1. Topical Treatments: These include creams and ointments directly applied to the skin.

2. Phototherapy: This involves exposing your skin to specific types of ultraviolet light.

3. Systemic Treatments: Oral or injected medications that work throughout the entire body.

It's not uncommon for a combination of these treatments to be used for optimal results. If you find a treatment ineffective or experience uncomfortable side effects, it's important to communicate this with your doctor.

Regular review of your psoriasis treatment is advisable, and creating a care plan with your doctor can be beneficial in managing your day-to-day health effectively. Open communication with your healthcare team is essential to ensure ongoing adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.

Who gets psoriasis

It occurs equally in men and women, and approximately 2% of the population is affected by it. The cause of the disease is complex, but it has a genetic component. The condition can be triggered or worsened by infections, stress, or medications, and it often develops before the age of 35.

Doctor
General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.

Dermatologist

At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.