Psoriasis is an Inflammatory skin conditions which affects around 2 in 100 people in the UK. It can start at any age, but most often develops in adults between the ages of 20 and 30 as well as those between 50 and 60 years old.

Psoriasis affects both men and women and skins of all types and ethnicities. Although not contagious or harmful, psoriasis can deeply affect those who struggle with the condition as its appearance can cause emotional upset and embarrassment, as well as physical discomfort from the itching it can cause.

Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the face, scalp and body, but usually patches appear on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. These patches can be sore and itchy.

On black, brown and white skin, the patches can look red or pink, and the scales white or silvery. On black or brown skins, patches can also appear dark brown or purple and the scales may look grey.

Causes of psoriasis

Psoriasis occurs when a person has an increased production of skin cells. In a person without the condition, skin cells are normally made and replaced every 3 to 4 weeks. However, with someone who experiences psoriasis, this process only takes around 3 to 7 days.

This build-up of skin cells causes the red, scaly patches which are synonymous with psoriasis. It is not fully understood why this process occurs, however, it is thought to be related with a problem with the immune system, which is the body’s defence against disease and infection.

In someone with psoriasis, the immune system attacks healthy skin cells by mistake.

Symptoms of psoriasis

Psoriasis can be a genetic condition, however, it is not fully understood how genetics plays a role in causing the condition. Symptoms can be ‘triggered’ by injury to the skin, throat infections and using certain medications. In 31-88% of cases studies, patients reported that stress was the major trigger for their psoriasis symptoms.

Treatments for psoriasis

At IHYA Clinic in Birmingham, we offer drug-free supplementation and LED light therapy to effectively calm the symptoms of psoriasis and assist with controlling this chronic condition.

Psoriasis is not a curable condition, however, it may be controlled and managed with effective medical and complementary treatments.

A GP will be able to diagnose your psoriasis based on the appearance of your skin. If your symptoms are severe, topical and oral medications may be prescribed to treat your whole body.

If you have mild to moderate psoriasis, we can offer drug-free and effective treatments here at IHYA clinic.

Our treatments for psoriasis

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