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Psoriasis

 

Psoriasis is a type of inflammatory skin condition that can cause red scaly patches to form on your skin.      

 

Cause  

Current research cannot actually distinguish a single cause for psoriasis, but it is understood that it has a genetic link. Therefore, if a family member has psoriasis, it may increase your chances of having psoriasis.  Being overweight may also increase your risk of developing psoriasis.      

 

Symptoms  

Psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:  

  • Red scaly patches generally on your scalp, elbows and knees but can occur anywhere on your body,  
  • Flaking of your skin,  
  • Itchiness,  
  • Some people with psoriasis can also develop a form of arthritis which can be characterised by pain, tenderness and inflammation of your joints.      

 

Symptoms of psoriasis can actually be made worse by emotional stress, scratching, skin injuries, certain medications and smoking.      

 

Management

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, your symptoms can be well controlled through treatment. There are many different treatment options available for people with psoriasis, however, not all treatment works with every person with psoriasis. The treatment prescribed to you will depend on the severity and location of your psoriasis, therefore, it is important to consult your doctor or specialist who will be able to prescribe you an individualised treatment option to relieve your psoriasis symptoms.  

 

Moisturisers can be used to help alleviate itching and to combat dryness.  Choose moisturisers that are ointment-based rather than cream-based.  Lukewarm baths, particularly with added bath oils or salts, can help to calm skin.  It is recommended that people experiencing psoriasis should limit their use of soap, and use bath oils instead.  Some people find that brief, daily exposure to sunlight can reduce scaling and inflammation, but be cautious as burning can worsen skin damage.      

 

Disclaimer  

The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and is a guide only. It does not replace or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.   Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.  

 

Source  

 

Better Health Channel: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Psoriasis_explained