Everything you need to know.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects around 2% of people in the UK. It can start at any age but mainly occurs in adults under 35 years old, affecting men and women equally. The condition causes red, flaky patches to form on the skin, which are crusty and covered with silvery scales.

Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly affects the elbows, knees, lower back, buttocks and scalp. The causes of psoriasis remain unknown, but it can run in families and be precipitated by illnesses, stresses or even some medications. The condition can be well controlled with medication.

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The treatment of psoriasis can be divided into three basic strategies depending on severity:

  • Creams

  • Phototherapy (ultraviolet/sunlight)

  • Systemic medication (oral or injectable drugs)

What does this treatment do?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, but there are a number of ways in which you can manage the symptoms and minimise the discomfort that the rash can cause.

We offer psoriasis treatment that is tailored to you. Our team of trusted expert dermatologists have a great deal of experience in treating skin rashes including psoriasis and can recommend the best course of treatment based on your personal circumstances and the severity of your condition.

How does it work?

The treatment of psoriasis can be divided into three basic strategies depending on severity:

  • creams
  • phototherapy (ultraviolet/sunlight)
  • systemic medication (oral or injectable drugs)

Creams include emollients, soap substitutes, vitamin D, tar and steroids.

Phototherapy involves precise doses of ultraviolet light being delivered by a medical UV-machine.

Systemic medications are reserved for severe or life-limiting psoriasis.

Psoriasis management treatment

Frequently asked questions

What does it look like?

There are several clinical patterns of psoriasis (see pictures):

Chronic Plaque – The most common variant, it tends to occur on the extensor aspects of the elbows and knees and in the scalp. Skin changes include pink or red inflamed, thickened plaques with copious white scale (see image).
Sebopsoriasis – similar to scalp psoriasis but can occur on the face, chest, armpits and groin
Flexural – raw, red areas in the groin, armpits or under the breasts
Guttate – multiple small spots of psoriasis that erupt on the trunk following a sore throat or illness (see image).
Erythrodermic – extensive disease covering more than 90% of the body surface area.
Palmoplantar pustular – pus-filled inflamed spots and the palms and soles
Pustular – the most severe form of psoriasis, skin lesions are red, tender and filled with pus spots

How might it affect me?

Psoriasis can vary in severity from no more than a minor irritation to a life-limiting issue – in extreme cases, sometimes requiring hospitalisation. Even a small bit of psoriasis in a delicate area such as the face or genitals can cause immense distress. Occasionally it can be itchy or cause painful splitting or fissuring of the skin. As well as the skin being affected, the nails can become abnormally brittle with flaking and pitting. 5% of patients might develop arthritis associated with psoriasis.

Living with psoriasis

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.

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