Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. These patches may itch and can also hurt. Psoriasis can run in families, although the exact role that genetics plays in causing psoriasis is unclear. Psoriasis can start any age.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but a range of treatments can improve symptoms and the appearance of skin patches. In most cases, the first treatment used will be a topical treatment, such as creams and ointments applied to the skin.
If these are not effective, or your condition is more severe, a treatment called light therapy may be used. Light therapy involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light. Light therapy is one of the many treatments provided by the Wetering Medical Centre. In severe cases, where the above treatments are ineffective, systemic treatments may be used. These are oral or injected medicines that work throughout the whole body. Your doctor will discuss with you which treatment is best for you.
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