Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune, recurrent, inflammatory and proliferative disease characterized by erythematous and scaling lesions. The etiology of the disease has not been fully elucidated; it may be due to various factors including genetic, immune (e.g. bacterial, viral, or fungal infections triggering the disease) as well as environmental (e.g. exposure to UV radiation, alcohol, mechanical skin injuries, medications); what is known, however, are the factors responsible for the development of lesions or exacerbating the course of the disease (such as any mechanical injuries, infectious diseases, overweight, emotional stress, skin inflammation)
Four variants of psoriasis were identified, including:
–plaque psoriasis, with red and scaly patches usually located around elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. Lesions may be very tiny (guttate psoriasis) or extensive (plaque psoriasis). In addition, patients with psoriasis often experience nail problems, with local thickening, hollows (spoon nails) or yellow-brown discolorations under the nail plate (oil patch symptom)
–papular psoriasis, most commonly affecting hands and feet.
–flexural psoriasis manifested by chronic inflammation of joints.
–psoriatic erythroderma with signs presenting over a significant area or over the entire body. It may be due to exacerbation of chronic psoriasis or develop as a result of infection or use of certain drugs.
Psoriasis is not contagious, and therefore one may not catch the disease by contact with the affected person. The therapy is based on symptomatic treatment including steroids and corticosteroids, and keratolytics including salicylic acid and sulfur. Extensive lesions may also be treated by different forms of light therapy or oral retinoids. The decision regarding the course of the treatment should always be made by a dermatologist.
Both psoriasis and atopic dermatitis requires daily care using exfoliating, hydrating, greasing and soothing products chosen by the dermatologist as part of the Medicus Self treatment plan.
When dealing with psoriasis, one should remember that after periods of remission, the disease may recur following emotional stress, alcohol, mechanical stimuli or medications.
Psoriasis affects ca. 1-2% of the population; the disease is often accompanied by additional disorders such as lower self-esteem or depression, sometimes leading to loss of personal or professional relationships. Public awareness of the disease may be very helpful for those affected. Since education is an important factor in awareness building, we encourage those close to patients with psoriasis to attend a visit so that they may get to know the disease not only as reported by the patient themselves, but also from a physician who would explain the peculiarities of dealing with the disease.
At Medicus Self, our dermatologists personalize the treatment so as to maximize the relief to affected sites. Procedures supporting the maintenance of appropriate skin condition including carboxytherapy and hydrating procedures are offered to make the remission periods as long as possible. This is referred to as combination method, with pharmacological treatment being supported by supplementary procedures. The procedures may be performed only during remission on non-lesioned skin.
Carboxytherapy consists in intradermal or subcutaneous injection of medical-grade carbon dioxide to improve microcirculation. Carbon dioxide promotes angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) which in turn improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients to disease-affected areas resulting in significant improvement of skin appearance.
Hydra 3Ha Hyaluronic acid™. Appropriate hydration level is crucial for the condition of our skin. Psoriatic skin requires appropriate care, both at home and at the dermatologist’s office.
Hydra 3Ha is a hydrating and rejuvenating ritual which restores the water balance of skin. The active substances of the highest grade will contribute to restoration of epidermal barrier, accelerate regeneration processes, and ensure immediate comfort and hydration.