- Psoriasis is one of the most common condition presenting to the dermatologist (skin doctor) and affects 2% of the population.
- There is a genetic and environmental background which is poorly understood. For example if one identical twin has psoriasis, the other twin will only be affected 70% of the time. Stress clearly makes the affection worse.
- Psoriasis can appear at any time throughout life, but there are peaks in the twenties and in the late 50’s.
- The condition presents as generally non-itchy red bumps located on any part of the body but usually the scalp, the elbows, the knees and the buttocks.
- The nails are commonly affected.
- The condition can present as pustules on the palms and soles.
- Once the diagnosis is made, treatment in the form of cream, tablets and/or injections can be initiated. The high number of treatment options also means that a “one size fits all” treatment doesn’t exist.
- Psoriasis is associate with the metabolic syndrome – it includes conditions such as high blood pressure, excessive weight, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia…a multidisciplinary management approach is often required.
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