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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a genetic skin condition that affects about 3.8% of the population and often lies dormant until triggered by a variety of lifestyle and dietary factors. Psoriasis can manifest itself in a number of different forms. While it is most often associated as appearing on the skin it can also affect the scalp and fingernails.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although it is well accepted that there is an underlying genetic component which, when triggered, causes the immune system to produce an excessive number of skin cells. As such it has been termed an auto-immune skin disorder. 

Psoriasis treatment traditionally focuses on treating the symptoms of the disorder and as a result this skin disease rarely goes into remission and often reappears soon after treatment has concluded. At the Psoriasis and Skin clinic you will find a treatment regime that addresses not only the symptoms but the underlying triggers as well.

 Why is our treatment unique?

We address the triggers of psoriasis, not just treat the symptoms.

We assist you in not only helping to relieve the physical symptoms, but also to identify your secondary triggers that contribute to your ongoing psoriasis and provide you with the treatment protocols that may allow your psoriasis to go into remission.

Many sufferers become frustrated with years of traditional psoriasis treatment that may result in temporary relief but does not offer a long-term solution for their affliction.

Through a combination of dealing with your current symptoms and addressing the triggers, the Psoriasis and Skin clinic offers you a long-term treatment solution. THIS is what makes us unique.

 Why is our treatment unique?

Psoriasis can appear in many forms and no one treatment will be appropriate for all. Read on to discover what treatment options are best suited to your particular form of psoriasis.

My Symptoms are SKIN related:
Dry and Flaky
Dry and flaky skin can be attributable to the following forms of psoriasis.

Plaque (Chronic) - Predominantly an adult psoriatic condition, chronic plaque psoriasis is identifiable by the distinct discs or plaques of red or blackish color that appear to be superimposed on the skin.

Scalp (MILD) / (SEVERE) - Scalp psoriasis a form of Plaque Psoriasis that is normally confined to the scalp.

Guttate - Guttate psoriasis usually appears suddenly, often following a bacterial infection. Spreading rapidly over the body the condition is characterised by small red scales.

Annularis - A rare form of the disease, psoriasis annularis produces a distinct circular lesion.

Palmo-Plantar Psoriasis (DRY) - A psoriasis affecting the hands and feet that can appears as dry and thickened skin with a silvery appearance.

Moist or Wet
The following types of psoriasis manifest as moist or wet skin lesions.

Pustular - A serious form of psoriasis resulting in the appearance of pustules on the skin that can erupt and leave a reddish appearance.

Palmo-Plantar Pustulosis (MOIST) - A psoriasis affecting the hands and feet that appears as cracked weeping lesions.

Inverse (Flexural) - Only found in the folds and creases of the body, flexural psoriasis tends to be more moist than other forms of the condition and can be quite uncomfortable as a result. (No flaking)

My Symptoms are NAIL related:
In approximately 5% of psoriatics (psoriasis sufferers), the nails are affected and nail involvement may precede all other symptoms. The nail plate may be pitted with small surface depressions with yellowish discolouration. Often there is separation of the nail plate from the nail bed, followed by a build up of keratin. The nail is often brittle and breaks easily.

My Symptoms are ARTHRITIS related:
Psoriatic arthritis can affect between 5%-7% of psoriatics and is more frequent in patients with psoriatic nails or pustular psoriasis. In many cases, the arthritis may be present years before any skin symptoms appear. The symptoms include fatigue, morning stiffness, articular pain and swelling.

Note: If medication is being ordered for a child UNDER 15 YEARS, it is RECOMMENDED that an ONLINE CONSULTATION is conducted to allow the Practitioner to prescribe medication appropriate to that child.