Afflicting people of all ages, psoriasis usually first appears in early adulthood. There are several types, from mild, which affects small areas of skin, to severe, which covers the entire surface of the skin. Not only does psoriasis cause physical and social discomfort, studies show that it can affect the quality of life of sufferers and their relatives.

Psoriasis is genetically determined by multifactorial inheritance. If you have a predisposition to psoriasis, it can be triggered by bacterial infection, inflammation, psychological stress, certain drugs, alcohol and over-exposure to the sun.

Most cases of psoriasis can be managed on topical treatment with vitamin D, corticosteroids or combination products. Nowadays, the topical treatments come in a variety of formulations such as creams, ointments or gel, to meet the individual patient’s preferences.

Depending on the extension and severity of the disease other treatment options are phototherapy with ultraviolet radiation or systemic therapy in the form of tablets, injections or infusions.

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