Psoriasis presents as red and scaly plaques on the skin. As a chronic inflammatory skin condition, our dermatologists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating psoriasis. As a common skin condition, you will work with your dermatologist to create a specialised treatment plan.
Affecting 2-4% of the population, this lifelong condition commonly presents between 15-25 or 50-60 years old although can exhibit at any time. There is a familial link between one-third of patients. Categorised as speeding up the lifecycles of skin cells causing a build-up on the skin psoriasis usually presents on the knees, elbows or scalp, although can appear anywhere on the body.
Psoriasis may be aggravated by emotional stress, scratching, rubbing, injury, medications, some infections and smoking.
*Possible psoriasis treatments include:
To read more about Psoriasis, its causes and treatment options, ACD or DermNetNZ.