Around one in fifty people in Germany suffer from psoriasis. This skin condition manifests itself in scaly, red plaques and occurs chronically in phases. This can lead to significant emotional stress on those affected. There are now a variety of different treatments available that are very good at treating psoriasis.
What are the causes and triggers of psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a hereditary condition. The condition can break out at any time throughout life. The skin cells divide at a faster rate, which causes excess cells to shed and are visible as scales.
There are also many factors that can trigger a breakout. The most common trigger factors are mechanical injuries to the skin, bacterial infections (e.g. throat infections with streptococci), medication such as beta blockers, stress and alcohol.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
Psoriasis can manifest itself in those affected in various forms. It occurs most frequently in clearly defined areas of the body, while around a third of all those affected suffer from a more severe form that covers a large area of skin. The flaky and inflamed areas can occur over the entire body and are usually accompanied by itching, burning and pain. Another symptom that often occurs is brittle and discoloured fingernails and toenails.
How does psoriasis progress?
Psoriasis progresses chronically in phases, which means that the disease switches between phases of stronger activity and phases of reduced activity. The most common areas to experience skin changes are the elbows, kneecaps, sacrum and the scalp. This is typically known as Psoriasis vulgaris, the most well-known and most common form. However, there are also numerous other forms of the disease. In around 20% of cases, the joints may be affected. In this case, we will refer you to a rheumatologist.
What methods help relieve the breakouts on a daily basis?
Since factors such as stress and excessive alcohol consumption are significant in triggering psoriasis breakouts, we recommend avoiding or reducing these factors. Measures to manage stress and relaxation techniques can help to mitigate the intensity of the breakout.
What dermatological treatments are available?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, various treatments can be used to considerably improve the skin condition.
This includes topical treatments, such as salicylic acid oil baths, temporary use of cortisone creams or vitamin D preparations for the long-term improvement of psoriasis. There are also many other active agents and combinations thereof.
If the condition is severe, local treatment alone is frequently not enough, which is why systemic treatment is used more frequently.
There are now many different treatments available that can be administered in the form of tablets and injections: These are used only for moderate and severe cases. Here we conduct many trials with medication that are newly developed or are currently being developed at our affiliated trial centre (Hautmedizin Bad Soden Studienzentrum GmbH).
A highly effective treatment for moderate and severe psoriasis that has few side effects is brine and light therapy. Our department is specially equipped for us to help you with the latest treatment according to the Dead Sea principle.
“No one likes psoriasis!“ is a long-term strategy at the Hautmedizin Bad Soden that has been practiced since 1983. Over 800,000 treatments are a testament to our experience in effectively treating psoriasis without using medication.