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Psoriasis Facts and Myths
Psoriasis treatment

Posted:

May 12, 2022

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Este Medical

Are you struggling to keep your psoriasis under control? Are you trying to find out more facts about the psoriasis disease and skin condition? Are you looking to see if there is a psoriasis treatment that’s right for you?

What is Psoriasis?

With its large, scaly patches of skin, psoriasis can be upsetting for many. This skin condition is thought to occur when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive and starts producing an excess of skin cells. This results in the psoriasis skin condition, with psoriasis symptoms including:

  • Dry, cracked patches of psoriasis skin
  • Red, tender, broken skin
  • Silvery scales that are thick in appearance
  • You may also experience soreness in your joints
  • Itchy, irritated patches of skin
  • Skin that is so dry it bleeds
  • Psoriasis can also show on nails and makes their appearance thicker, more ridged, and sometimes pitted

Interesting Facts about Psoriasis

If you’re dealing with this tricky skin condition, you’re probably looking to find out as much as you can about psoriasis facts and statistics. After all, when you’re armed with knowledge, you’ll be much better placed to deal with your psoriasis symptoms. Here are some of the top psoriasis facts to remember:

  1. Psoriasis affects around 1.1 million people in the UK according to research by Manchester University
  1. Psoriasis can be a condition that runs in families
  1. If you’re ill with something else or are generally run down, you may find that your psoriasis flares up too during this time
  1. Psoriasis causes include weather, stress, skin infections, injury to the skin
  1. There are a number of different psoriasis types and they include – plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and nail psoriasis

Myths about Psoriasis

Fed up with reading nonsense claims about why you might have psoriasis symptoms? Do your friends need educating in the truth around psoriasis? Let’s set the record straight – here are some of the biggest myths about psoriasis that you might have heard...

  • Psoriasis occurs because of bad hygiene – not true
  • Is psoriasis contagious? - No, it’s definitely not
  • There aren’t any treatments for psoriasis – yes, there are
  • It’s easy to tell if you’re suffering from psoriasis – not always
  • Psoriasis only affects the skin – not true, unfortunately it can lead to issues in other areas of the body too

Is there a Psoriasis Treatment?

Treating psoriasis can take time but there are numerous options available to you. As each case of psoriasis differs from person to person, it may take a little while to find the treatment that works on your specific psoriasis type.

Traditional psoriasis treatment that your GP can help you with includes the use of topical corticosteroids and/or creams and topical treatments that are applied to the affected skin. These can help improve the appearance of your psoriasis but they aren’t targeting the reason as to why you might be experiencing this skin condition.

If you’d like to try treating your psoriasis symptoms using a more holistic approach, then you could investigate changing your diet. There are many books available that look into the benefit of switching up your diet to tackle certain health conditions. Two popular options within this arena are -

  1. Medical Medium – Liver Rescue
  1. Hanna Sillitoe – Skin Healing Expert

Another option and one that we are proud to be leading the way in, in the UK is Exciplex Light Therapy. This groundbreaking treatment uses monochromatic UVB light technology to target a range of skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and alopecia areata amongst others.  

The Exciplex Light Therapy at Este works by targeting and reactivating your body’s local immunosuppression process. It’s a non-invasive, zero-needles, pain-free treatment that – we think – will revolutionise the way we treat difficult skin concerns. By using the Exciplex Light Therapy at Este your immune response will be regulated, skin will be soothed and calmed, and any inflammation will be eased. In recent studies, this new type of laser has been shown to give between 15-50% of patients more than 75% in re-pigmentation levels when treated using this method.

Book a free consultation at Este Medical Group

If you feel like you’ve tried everything when it comes to your psoriasis, perhaps now’s the time to talk to the experts at Este. We’ll listen to your concerns, take an in-depth look at your condition and discuss the methods we can use to help treat your psoriasis skin. Get in touch with us today to start your journey towards improved psoriasis, which will in turn lead to better self-confidence and mental health.

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