Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease which affects about 3% of the population. Typical manifestations of this unpleasant dermatological condition are scaly and itchy patches of red skin that can be localized to certain areas such as the outer side of the elbows and knees, scalp, face, palms or feet, but it can also occur on any other part of the body, especially on skin folds. Its severity may vary and sometimes psoriasis means several dandruffy spots on your skin, while at other times it’s a severe flare-up. Psoriasis is usually related to other health conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions and sometimes even mental health problems like depression. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque psoriasis – the most common type, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. If you notice a stubborn, itchy rash, as well as scaly red patches that won’t go away, you’d better visit your doctor.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The main cause of psoriasis hasn’t yet been established. Still, the fact that it’s an autoimmune disease means that, for some reason, the immune system starts behaving erratically and instead of attacking only germs and what’s bad for your body, it turns against you and starts attacking healthy cells and tissues. This means that skin cells start reproducing at a very fast rate which leads to numerous skin lesions. Genetic component also plays a big part in developing psoriasis.
Besides that, there are several triggers which lead to flare-ups and it’s very important that each person affected by psoriasis try to find out what they are and try to avoid them and thus prevent outbursts. Some of those triggers can be stress, alcohol, skin injuries and certain medications. Our helpful staff will be glad to give you useful advice on how to prevent factors that can aggravate psoriasis.
How to Treat Psoriasis?
Since it’s unknown what the cause of psoriasis is, it’s of vital importance to find what type of psoriasis a specific person has and what usually triggers flares. That way the best treatment can be provided. Nowadays there are several psoriasis treatments available, and the first aid in ameliorating psoriasis after the diagnosis has been established are topical skin treatments (topicals). In other words, this means application of certain creams, lotions and similar to the affected area of the skin.
Biological drugs are used in treating patients with moderate psoriasis and those are administered via infusion.
Phototherapy is, as its name suggests, a kind of treatment which involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light in order to reduce new skin cells growth.
Systemic drugs are also part of psoriasis treatment in patients with moderate to severe conditions and they are mainly used in situations when topicals or phototherapy don’t work.
New oral treatments are administered as tablets and they are used in order to reduce causes of the inflammation. In certain cases, affected people resort to alternative medicine psoriasis treatments that are usually based on various herbal remedies believed to be able to relieve psoriasis symptoms such as itching or soreness. It’s important to be persistent and follow the advice given by your doctor.
If you`re looking for reliable psoriasis treatment in Dubai, our experienced dermatologist will provide you with tailor-made therapy based on your specific clinical picture.