Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease affecting roughly 2% of the population. It occurs equally in males and females and can appear at any age.
Psoriasis can also affect the joints and nails as well as the skin. It is not contagious. People who suffer with psoriasis particularly moderate to severe can have a higher risk of health problems including heart disease and stroke.
Although Psoriasis in a long term condition, there are many treatments available to improve the condition from topical creams and ointments, phototherapy, medication and also revolutionary biologic treatments.
Sister Helen Childs takes an active role in reviewing the patients with psoriasis and regularly monitors them twice a year, sometimes more frequently if required. Sister Julie Smith and Staff nurse Joanna Clark perform phototherapy treatments on our patients. Phototherapy is a treatment we use for adults and children with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Treatment is given by the patient standing in a cabinet with ultraviolet lamps if the skin condition affects the body or they sit at a machine after soaking their hands and/or feet in a solution if on their hands and/or feet.
Patients have to attend regularly twice a week for about 10-12 weeks. Treatment days are on Mondays and Thursdays, in the morning at Princess Royal Hospital and in the afternoons at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
For more information, including patient information leaflets regarding an overview and topical treatments, please visit the British Association of Dermatologists website.