What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin and sometimes the joints. It presents symptoms such as well-defined, round, red marks on the body covered with greyish-silver scales. The affected skin often flakes and can itch at times.
Psoriasis rashes commonly appear around the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, armpits, groin, hands, and feet. Approximately half of the individuals with psoriasis also experience changes in their nails, such as pitting or separation of the nails from the nail bed. One-third of those who suffer from psoriasis also have joint inflammation or inflammation of tendons and muscle attachments.
Psoriasis is also associated with other autoimmune diseases such as alopecia, vitiligo, and celiac disease - gluten intolerance. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are also more common in individuals with psoriasis.
Topical treatment with creams that contain vitamin D and corticosteroids can often help. It can also be light treatment. There are also medications that can be taken or injected in severe cases. You can ask your doctor about “PDE4 inhibitors”, “TNF-alpha inhibitors” and “biologics”.
You can help alleviate the symptoms a little yourself as well. It is good with sunlight, but be careful not to get burned. Reduce alcohol intake. Quit smoking. Do what you can to lower your stress levels. All of these are factors that have been shown to alleviate psoriasis symptoms. It's also nice to get out to sea - salt water seems to be good for psoriasis. When you have taken a bath, it is important to moisturize the skin, for example with moisturizer.
This is how Dr. Dropin can help you
At Dr.Dropin you can go to experienced dermatologists who can diagnose and treat all skin disorders. Dr.Dropin is committed to offering good skin services at a fixed and predictable price, and with a short waiting time. For assessment and treatment of psoriasis, you can book an appointment for a physical consultation, or get help through a video or image consultation.Curious about our offer? Read more here