If you have psoriasis, our specialist dermatologists at SouthDerm, Kogarah, Sydney, will help you treat and manage this skin condition. At present there is no cure for psoriasis. Treatment depends on the severity and extent of the psoriasis as well as the type of psoriasis that a person has. The aims of treatment are to reduce the inflammation and slow down the over-production of skin cells.
Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that is characterised by patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales. These patches are known as plaques. Plaques can develop anywhere on the body but most often appear on the elbows, legs (including knees), lower back, scalp, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Psoriasis can also affect the fingernails and toenails, the genital area, the joints and the inside of the mouth. It affects female and males equally and usually develops in adulthood, although it can affect younger people. Psoriasis is not contagious and does not spread by touch from person to person.
Psoriasis is a disorder of the immune system. Normally the body’s white blood cells (specifically the T cells) help to protect against infection and disease. In someone with psoriasis, the T cells are activated by mistake, causing the body’s immune system to over-react. This leads to inflammation and excess growth of skin cells, which build up to form plaques. Research suggests that psoriasis is inherited to some extent, and certain genes have been identified that are linked to the development of psoriasis.
Psoriasis can flare up for no reason or may worsen because of triggers such as infections, changes in the weather, dry skin and the use of certain medications.
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At present there is no cure for psoriasis. Treatment depends on the severity and extent of the psoriasis as well as the type of psoriasis that a person has. The aims of treatment are to reduce the inflammation and slow down the over-production of skin cells. A combination of treatments are often required and may include:
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