Psoriasis Treatment Clinic London
Is your skin itchy, red and inflamed? These symptoms are key characteristics of psoriasis. Experts at The Dermatology Clinic are highly experienced in diagnosing this condition, as well as helping you work out the triggers and relieving your symptoms through effective treatment, all in the comfort of our modern London clinic.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes an overproduction of skin cells in the body. The excess, dead cells build-up to create flaky, red patches of skin that become inflamed and can make the skin feel itchy. Usually, the patches cover a small area of skin, most often on the elbows, knees, scalp or lower back. Psoriasis can also cause brittle nails and is sometimes associated with arthritis.
Although it can occur at any age, psoriasis usually develops in people aged 35 or under. It is a chronic condition, but it tends to go through cycles of remission (where you experience little or no symptoms) followed by more severe periods or ‘flare-ups’. Though not contagious, psoriasis is thought to be a genetic condition. The exact cause is unknown, but psoriasis has been linked to stress, illness or even certain medications.
Types of psoriasis
Psoriasis can occur in a number of clinical patterns. These are:
- Chronic plaque – the most common type, chronic plaque usually appears on the knees, elbow and scalp. Symptoms include red or pink inflamed patches of skin with white scaling
- Sebopsoriasis – this is similar to scalp psoriasis but can occur on the armpits, chest, face or groin
- Eryrthrodermic – this extensive form of psoriasis can cover more than 90% of the skin
- Flexural – flexural psoriasis causes red, raw areas of skin in the armpits, groin or under the breasts
- Guttate – this type of psoriasis causes multiple small spots of psoriasis that erupt on the torso after an illness or sore throat
- Palmoplantar pustular – with this type of psoriasis, inflamed spots filled with pus appear on the soles and palms
- Pustular – this is the most severe form of psoriasis and causes red, tender skin lesions with pus-filled pots
How is psoriasis treated?
There is no long-term cure for psoriasis, but our dermatologists use a range of treatments to clear up the skin patches and soothe symptoms. The type of treatment chosen will depend on the severity and type of psoriasis and our consultant dermatologists will usually begin with a mild treatment before moving onto stronger options if these prove ineffective for you.
Topical treatments include creams or ointments applied to the affected area to ease itchiness and reduce redness. These are usually made with topical corticosteroids or vitamin D.
During photo or light therapy, the affected area is exposed to an ultraviolet light. This gradually kills the immune cells in the skin contributing to psoriasis.
This treatment involves injections or oral medications and will only be used if you have a severe case of psoriasis.
Psoriasis treatment with Dr Daniel Glass
Psoriasis is a physically uncomfortable condition and even a small patch of affected skin can be very distressing. If you’re suffering with psoriasis, The Dermatology Clinic team is here to help you. The treatments we provide can dramatically improve symptoms to give you a better quality of life. For more information, get in touch today.