Psoriasis can present in many different areas, including the elbows, knees, scalp, trunk, nail and even the joints. Everyone will have different trigger factors including diet, stress, smoking, medications and infections. Finding treatment which works for YOU is our aim.
Chronic plaque psoriasis often affects areas such as the elbows. Other areas of trauma such as the knee can also be involved. Isolated areas of psoriasis can be treated with creams.
Chronic plaque psoriasis can affect the knees and elbows. In these areas trigger factors such as trauma play a role in flare-ups of psoriasis. This trauma induced psoriasis is a well documented event known as ‘’Koebner’’.Minimizing trauma to the area can lead to marked improvement of psoriasis.
Psoriasis management is aimed at first identifying the triggers for psoriasis, these include diet, stress, medications, infections and unhealthy life-styles such as excessive alcohol and smoking. Treatment of existing lesions involved removing excessive scale and decreasing inflammation.
Isolated areas of psoriasis are best treated with local creams, such as anti-inflammatory steroidals, vitamin A or vitamin D. Novel treatments at the Psoriasis Institute include the use of eximer and V- Beam vascular lasers for treating resistant areas.
Factors such as medications can trigger psoriasis, and in many cases make this condition harder to control. At the Institute we work in with your General Practitioner to identify the triggers, and were appropriate substitute your medication. This team approach is in your best interest as your GP will need to know what tablets you have ceased.
The lower legs are a common place for plaque psoriasis. Smaller areas of psoriasis respond well to anti-inflammatory creams, as well as vitamin A and D creams. Regular use of a moisturizer during winter months can reduce flare ups.