Psoriasis: Finding the right treatment
Psoriasis is a long-term skin problem, which causes skin cells to grow too quickly. This results in thick, white, silvery or red patches forming. Patches are most commonly found on the knees, elbows, scalp, tailbone and back. It can affect people of all ages, although it typically appears between the ages of 15 and 35. It occurs nearly equally, in men and women.
Psoriasis is not an infection, and is therefore not contagious. Research has shown however, that it does tend to run in families, suggesting that genetics plays a part.
The exact cause, has however yet to be discovered. At present there is no cure, although there are a multitude of different treatments available, which can clear psoriasis for periods of time.
Sufferers tend to have to try a number of different treatments, in order to find one which works for them. Some are topical (on the skin), whilst others are systematic (throughout the body). Available treatments include:
Topical treatments are simply applied to the skin. They can be bought either over the counter, or prescribed
Systemic medication refers to prescription drugs, that are taken either orally, or by injection. They work throughout the body, and are used to treat people with moderate to severe psoriasis. They are also given to those suffering from psoriasis arthritis
Biologic drugs, are usually prescribed for moderate to severe psoriasis, which has failed to respond to other treatments. They are administered either by injection or intravenous infusion
Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light, on a regular basis, in a bid to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells
Complementary & Alternative
Some of the therapies which fall within this category include diet, herbs and supplements, mind/body therapies, physical therapies and exercise
The majority of sufferers tend to try topical and systematic treatments first. These work for some people, however many others enlist the help of a skin specialist, in order to pursue other avenues.
There are a vast number of professionals offering Skin Care in London. Knowing which Skin Clinic in London to choose, can however, be a bit of a minefield.
If a sufferer is seeking a more natural approach, they should look for a Skin Clinic in London that takes a more holistic view. The Claudia Louch Clinic, doesn?t use invasive treatments. We also don?t offer over the counter/prescription medicine. Instead we use a combination of natural skin science, Phytomedicine (plant-based medicine) and botanical skin care to harness the body?s own immune system and healing potential.