Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects around 2% of people in the UK; it can start at any age but mainly occurs in adults under 35 years old, affecting men and women equally. The condition causes red, flaky patches to form on the skin, which are crusty and covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly affects the elbows, knees, lower back, buttocks and scalp.
The severity of psoriasis varies a great deal from person to person, with some people experiencing it as a minor irritation, whilst for other people it can have a major impact on their quality of life. Severe psoriasis can cause low self-esteem, as well as the discomfort and pain that can occur with flare-ups of the rash.
Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis, but there are a number of ways in which you can manage the symptoms and minimise the discomfort that the rash can cause:
- Topical steroid creams, ointments, and emollients can be applied to the affected areas of skin
- Oral medications can work throughout the entire body
- Phototherapy uses UV light to reduce inflammation and clear the rash
Here at The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we offer psoriasis treatment that is tailored to you. Our team of specialist dermatologists have a great deal of experience in treating skin rashes such as psoriasis, and can recommend the best course of treatment based on your personal circumstances and the severity of your condition.
Living with psoriasis
In addition to receiving specific treatment for psoriasis flare-ups, it’s also important that you self-manage your skin condition in order to minimise and prevent flare-ups from happening. Maintaining good physical and mental health will ensure that your immune system is strong, and will lessen the risk of joint pain and fatigue that can be associated with psoriasis. Stress is often a trigger for flare-ups of psoriasis and other skin conditions, so beneficial for your health if you can avoid stress as much as possible.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you to manage your psoriasis effectively in the long term, please contact us and we’ll arrange a consultation with one of our dermatology specialists.
Dermatologists are expert specialists, not only of the skin, but also of allergic conditions such as contact dermatitis, hair problems such as alopecia (hair loss), nail problems such as fungal nail conditions etc.
If you have concerns about any of these areas, please call to make an appointment to see one of our specialists, as we are the only clinic in East Kent with consultant dermatologists heading the team.
Your appointments are never rushed. We will take time to explain the procedures to you, make a personalised assessment of your needs and agree a treatment plan to suit you.
Please call our friendly team on 01227 472288 if you would like to make an appointment or use our online booking system under the Contact section above.
We see clients from all over Kent including Ashford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Margate, Ramsgate, Hythe, Whitstable, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey, Maidstone and further afield.