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Facts on Psoriasis

Healthcare Inspectorate WalesPsoriasis is a skin condition, it is a disease, but importantly it is not contagious.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammation and over production of skin cells. The skin swells up, becomes dry and  flaky. It can often be very itchy, red, sore, cracked and very tender. Psoriasis usually affects the stomach, scalp, hands, knees, feet and elbows.

What are the symptoms?

  • In healthy skin there is a constant invisible shedding of dead cells. However in psoriasis due to the acceleration of the replacement process, both dead and live cells accumulate on the skin surface.
  • Often this causes sore, red patches covered with silver like scales, which fall off.
  • Psoriais occurs anywhere on the body but most often on  lower back, elbows, knees and  scalp.
  • Itching and a burning are often symptoms

Who is at risk?

  • Psoriasis affects approximately 2% of people globally.
  • The condition can commence at any age, usually between 12 and 45 years.
  • The condition is not contagious and most people have very small areas of their body affected.
  • Psoriais has a genetic link and it often occurs in families.
  • The genetic condition is triggered by infection, certain medicines and stress.

Facts about Psoriasispsoriasis patient with symptoms

  • Psoriasis has a major impact on the quality of life of the individual
  • Psoriasis is a dry, scaly inflammatory skin condition in which cells are produced too quickly
  • Normally skin cells take about 21 to 28 days to replace themselves, in psoriasis they take around 2 to 6 days
  • It affects approximately 2% of people globally
  • It usually develops between the ages of 12 and 45
  • It is not contagious
  • Psoriasis is unpredictable
  • Some people with the condition suffer from social exclusion and discrimination
  • Most people with psoriasis suffer from a loss of confidence

Things that can cause the skin to get worse include:

  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Changes in weather that dry the skin
  • Medication

How Is Psoriasis Treated?Treatment depends on:

  • The severity of the condition
  • The size of the area affected
  • The type of psoriasis
  • The reaction by the patient to certain treatments.

Topical Treatment:Treatments applied right on the skin (creams, ointments) may help. These treatments can:

  • Help reduce inflammation and skin cell turnover
  • Suppress the skin immune system
  • Help the skin peel and reduce abnormal thickness
  • Soothe the skin.

Light Therapy: Natural ultraviolet light from the sun and artificial ultraviolet light are used to treat psoriasis. One treatment, called PUVA, uses a combination of a drug that makes skin more sensitive to light and ultraviolet A light. Narrow-band UVB phototherapy is the most widely prescribed treatment for psoriasis that cannot be controlled with creams alone Narrow-band UVB phototherapy is both effective and safe. If you suffer from Psoriasis then contact Clear Skin today on 02920 795775