Psoriasis is a common condition that appears as a lasting and scaly rash. Psoriasis of the skin can manifest as just a few spots of dandruff-like scaling, or there may be major eruptions that cover large areas. There is no cure for psoriasis but treatments can make the disease easier to live with. Psoriasis can also affect the joints and increase the chances of having a heart attack, if not managed properly. Our dermatologists’ aim is to manage the disease so that there is as little discomfort as possible.
This appears as red, itchy patches on the scalp, with silvery scales. The affected skin can extend beyond the hairline, and flakes of skin are often found in the hair.
Psoriasis is regularly found on fingernails and toenails. It affects the nails by causing pitting, discolouration, abnormal nail growth, and sometimes causing them to separate from the nail bed (onycholysis).
Treatment of Psoriasis
The primary goal of psoriasis treatment is to stop the skin cells from building up so quickly on the skin’s surface, and to reduce the scales. While there isn’t a cure, psoriasis skin treatment can offer significant relief from symptoms including itchiness, soreness and flaking skin. Most types of psoriasis go through cycles where they flare up for a few weeks and then subside. With treatment, they can even go into complete remission. We offer three main types of psoriasis skin treatments: topical treatments, light therapy and oral medications.