What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a prevalent inflammatory condition characterized by pink-red, scaly patches that can appear on the scalp, face, and body. It may also be accompanied by nail abnormalities and joint discomfort, known as psoriatic arthritis.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a complex autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly targets healthy skin cells, leading to accelerated skin cell growth. While the exact cause is not fully understood, genetics play a significant role, with a family history of psoriasis increasing the risk. Environmental factors, such as infections, stress, trauma, and certain medications, can trigger or exacerbate psoriasis in genetically predisposed individuals. The immune system’s abnormal response results in the rapid turnover of skin cells, leading to the formation of characteristic plaques, redness, and scaling on the skin’s surface. Psoriasis is not contagious, and its severity varies among individuals.
What are the treatments for psoriasis?
Your first step will be a consultation with a dermatologist to evaluate your skin, establish a diagnosis, and explore treatment options.
Our clinic provides two main treatment categories:
- i) Topical treatments, suitable for mild cases, help manage affected areas and decrease flare-ups with creams, ointments, and gels.
- ii) For more severe conditions, oral medications are available; however, they necessitate regular blood tests due to their potency.
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