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Have I got Psoriasis?

Postby Nick Balgowan » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:13 pm


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If you have psoriasis, your life needn't be governed by it. As yet, no known cure has been found but a new breakthrough in light therapy means that much can be done to minimise the symptoms and manage psoriasis.

Have I got psoriasis?
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. Along with almost every other part of the body, it renews itself naturally and regularly. Psoriasis is thought to be caused by overactive skin cells renewing themselves too quickly. The result can manifest itself as irritating patches of skin.

30 - 50% of psoriasis is thought to be hereditary disease. It cannot be transmitted from person to person. It often first appears in adolescence but is not uncommon in children and middle-aged adults.

Psoriasis is usually diagnosed just by looking at the affected areas of the body, although some clinics also take skin samples to rule out any other diagnosis.

It is important to talk to your doctor about any form of psoriasis for referral to an appropriate specialist.

They may recommend topical treatments, including lotions and moisturisers. Treatments based on Salicylic Acid help to remove scales and are often used in conjunction with other treatments. Topical steroids can also be prescribed and they work very well on more moderate cases of psoriasis. Treatments based on vitamin D are also very useful in fighting Psoriasis.

Another alternative is Phototherapy, which involves subjecting the skin to waves of ultraviolet light. There are three types of ultraviolet light, UVA, UVB and UVC. There are treatments available using UVB light, lasers or UVA light combined with a medication called Psoralen (PUVA).

Some people report that minimizing stress and consuming a healthy diet, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater can help. This type of lifestyle treatment is suggested as a long-term management strategy, rather than an initial treatment of severe Psoriasis.
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