Psoriasis Treatment

About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting approximately 2-3 percent of Indian population. It is characterized by presence of red plaques with silvery scales located mostly on the extensors of the body. Normally, skin cells grow gradually and flake off about every 4 weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as they shed. In Psoriasis, new skin cells move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days rather than weeks.

Psoriasis on my scalp is well maintained by the prescribed lotions and shampoos

Ms. Vineeta Gupta, East of Kailash

Types of Psoriasis:

  • Plaque
  • Guttate
  • Pustular
  • Inverse
  • Erythrodermic

Psoriasis may also affect the nails and joints.

Management

Requires accurate diagnosis.

Lifestyle modification:

  • Dietary advice
  • Exercise
  • Stress management

Treatment modalities include:

  1. Topical applications
  2. Systemic medications: Psoralens, Methotrexate, retinoids etc.
  3. Along with lifestyle modification in some patients