Psoriasis is a common skin problem affecting about 2-3% of the population and can first develop at any age but most commonly between the ages of 15-30. Psoriasis may affect the skin, scalp and nails and appears as patches of thickening, redness and scaling of the skin. Some people are more likely to develop psoriasis than others, particularly if there is someone else in their family who has psoriasis: in other words, it is often a genetic or hereditary disease. However, the trigger for psoriasis to appear is often an outside event, such as a throat infection, stress or an injury to the skin. Flare-ups of psoriasis can come and go throughout life and can flare up at any time.
Although there isn’t a cure for psoriasis, there are lots of treatments to help relieve your symptoms and our Dermatologists are able to provide the most up-to-date advice and management available. As psoriasis can flare up from time to time, treatment may need to be started and stopped throughout your life. There are lots of different ways psoriasis can be treated and your dermatologist will assess your skin and recommend the best treatment for you.
The most common treatments aim to clear the psoriasis as much as possible and typically come in the form of creams, ointments or foams which are applied to the surface of the skin. It can take several weeks of use to clear up patches of psoriasis. In more severe cases, ultraviolet light treatments or a wide range of oral or injectable drugs can be used to effectively treat psoriasis.
What can I do to help my Psoriasis?
Having a healthy diet and regular exercise have been shown to improve the symptoms of psoriasis. Stress has also been identified as a trigger for flare-ups in some people so reducing your stress levels could help. Smokers have been found to have an increased risk of developing psoriasis as it is theorised that toxins in cigarette smoke may affect parts of the immune system involved with psoriasis. Excessive alcohol consumption tends to also exacerbate psoriasis symptoms. Using a moisturiser alongside any other treatment is highly recommended to soften the skin and prevent itching.
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Why choose St. Michael's Clinic?
Here at St. Michael's Clinic, Shrewsbury's leading private skin and laser treatment clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are able to offer NHS patients a consultant led dermatology service from our three sites in Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Donnington (Telford).
St. Michael's Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Stephen Murdoch is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. We are part of the Dermatology Partnership, a leading group of dermatology clinics, defined by clinical excellence and focusing on leading dermatological care.