Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease affecting approximately 2% of the general population of all ages. There are several factors that interplay in its pathogenesis. A genetic factor has been identified. Moreover, there is a specific deregulation of the immune system, while the overall immune system remains normal. Psoriasis has many triggers, including stress, local trauma, dry skin, smoking, weight gain, certain medications, and, mostly in children, Streptococcal pharyngitis. The typical locations of the red and scaly plaques of psoriasis are the scalp, elbows and knees, buttocks and genital area. It may also affect the nails. Severe cases can cause joint and heart problems.

At Skin Experts, treatment options for psoriasis are tailored to the severity and type of psoriasis. Importantly, we take the time to ask our patients about their concerns and try to address the psychosocial burden and emphasize the importance of smoking cessation, weight loss, and wellbeing. Sun exposure can improve psoriasis, which is why we also recommend regular moderate sun exposure. When it comes to medical treatment of psoriasis, we may choose to opt for a topical treatment or phototherapy for mild cases, and immunomodulators as well as new generation biological treatments for more severe cases. Excimer laser is used to treat localized psoriasis. Like many other chronic diseases, we will customize a maintenance treatment to keep skin healthy and clear.

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