What is Psoriasis?


What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 2-3% of the population. The body’s immune system becomes overactive and triggers inflammation within the skin, the joints and other organs. It is characterized by raised pink/red lesions called plaques which are covered by a silvery-white scale.

Psoriasis treatments aim to stop skin cells from growing so quickly and to remove scales. Options include creams and ointments (topical therapy), light therapy (phototherapy), and oral or injectable medications.

Which treatments you use depends on the severity of psoriasis and how responsive it has been to previous treatment. You might need to try different treatments or a combination of treatments before you find an approach that works for you as everyone doesn't respond equally to treatment.

There is no cure for Psoriasis, however thankfully due to continuous research into this chronic skin condition, there are a huge number of new therapies which have emerged in the last 15+ years and continue to be developed for patients.

The key to successful Psoriasis management is working with your Dermatologist to find the right treatment plan for you.

All of our Consultant Dermatologists are experts in the treatment of psoriasis. If you would like to book a consultation to explore your treatment options please do get in touch with us at (01) 912 3030 or at info@instituteofdermatoglists.ie.