When it comes to skin conditions, leading skin expert Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex understands the emotional upset they can cause. And psoriasis is no exception.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease affecting 2% of the population. It occurs equally in men and women, can appear at any age, and tends to come and go unpredictably. It is not infectious and it does not scar the skin although sometimes it can cause a temporary increase or reduction in skin pigmentation.
Psoriasis can affect the nails and the joints as well as the skin. About half of people with psoriasis have psoriasis affecting the nails. For people with moderate to severe psoriasis about one in three will develop psoriatic arthritis at some time.
Can I treat psoriasis?
Although psoriasis is a long-term condition that cannot be cured there are many effective treatments available to keep it under good control. Sue prescribes the most up-to-date treatment for psoriasis based on the severity of your condition.
The British Association of Dermatologists recommends three approaches, the first being topical treatments including creams, ointments, gels, pastes and lotions.
Sue has developed a range of corrective and protective affordable skin care products that contains the highest possible ratio of clinically proven ingredients, delivering results our clients are extremely happy with. Those aimed at treating psoriasis are:
Phototherapy is used to clear psoriasis and then keep it away for a period after treatment. A course of treatment usually takes about 8-10 weeks and will require treatment sessions two to three times a week. Two types of light are used: narrowband ultraviolet B light (nbUVB/TLO1) and ultraviolet A light (PUVA).
Internal (systemic) treatments
Tablet options include acitretin (related to vitamin A), ciclosporin (suppresses the immune system), methotrexate (slows down the rate at which cells divide in psoriasis), and in some centres fumaric acid esters and apremilast. Injectable treatments for psoriasis include etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, ustekinumab, secukinumab and ixekizumab.
What should I do next?
We strongly advise booking a dermatology consultant with Sue. Sue is a leading nurse consultant in the area of dermatology, who has more than 30 years’ experience and numerous delighted patients who have been successfully treated for this condition.
You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can click here to book online and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer.