Dr. Hina Altaf Dermatologist

Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that causes the skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches, also known as plaques, can appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. As with other chronic diseases, psoriasis may affect areas of your life other than your physical health. Psoriasis may affect your emotional health, your relationships, and how you handle stress. It could even affect areas of your life that you wouldn’t expect, such as the clothes that you choose to wear. For some people, living with psoriasis can be a challenge.

The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed to be related to an overactive immune system. Normally, skin cells grow and shed every 4 weeks, but in people with psoriasis, this process can happen in just a few days (3-4 days). The rapid growth and buildup of skin cells lead to the formation of plaques.

The symptoms of psoriasis can vary in severity and can include:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Thick, scaly patches
  • Itching or burning
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Cracking or bleeding skin
  • Nail changes, such as pitting or discoloration

Inflammation caused by psoriasis can impact other organs and tissues in the body. People with psoriasis may also experience other health conditions. One in three people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis. Signs of PsA include swelling, stiffness, and pain in the joints and areas surrounding the joints. PsA often goes undiagnosed, particularly in its milder forms. However, it’s important to treat PsA early on to help avoid permanent joint damage.

Psoriasis Treatment

While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several treatment options available to help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. These may include topical creams or ointments, light therapy, oral medications, or biologic drugs.

In addition to medical treatments, there are also several lifestyle modifications that can help manage psoriasis symptoms, such as avoiding triggers like stress, alcohol, and smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and using gentle skincare products.

Overall, while psoriasis can be a challenging condition to manage, with the right psoriasis treatment and self-care techniques, it is possible to live a healthy and fulfilling life with psoriasis. It is important to work with a dermatologist to develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.

Minimal Downtime

You can return to your daily routine immediately after

Immediate Results

Results within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days

Painless Procedure

Brief period of discomfort during the injection, similar to a pinch

Results That Last

Effects typically last for several months

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. It results in thick, scaly patches of skin that are often red, itchy, and painful. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and is associated with an overactive immune system.
No, psoriasis is not contagious. It is not caused by an infection, and you cannot "catch" psoriasis from someone who has it. Psoriasis is a genetic and immune-mediated condition, meaning it is influenced by a combination of genetic factors and triggers in the environment.
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but there are various treatment options available to manage and control the symptoms. These treatments aim to reduce inflammation, slow down the rapid skin cell growth, and alleviate itching and discomfort. It's important to work with a healthcare professional or dermatologist to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the severity and location of your psoriasis.
Yes, certain lifestyle changes can help manage psoriasis symptoms. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and avoiding triggers like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, may contribute to better management of psoriasis. Additionally, keeping the skin well-moisturized and avoiding harsh soaps and irritants can help prevent flare-ups.
Yes, psoriasis has been associated with other health conditions. People with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing certain conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and depression. It's important for individuals with psoriasis to have regular check-ups with their healthcare provider and to manage any associated conditions or risk factors appropriately.
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Dr. Hinah Altaf’s clinic is currently at Gargash Hospital, 145 Umm Suqeim Street – Umm Al Sheif -Dubai.