The Constant Fight with Psoriasis
By Gabriella, Laser Technician and Aesthecian at SKIN Clinics
For those of you who have psoriasis, you know that it is more than a skin condition. Just when it seems to be getting better, you have another flare up. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, roughly 1 million Canadians and 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis. It is a chronic inflammatory disease where skin cells excessively reproduce and it’s very commonly seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Contrary to what some people believe, psoriasis is not contagious. Having psoriasis is comparable to diabetes, cancer, and depression in terms of the disability and its effect on your life. As many as 30% of psoriasis sufferers either have or will have arthritis and having psoriasis could increase your risk of developing other chronic diseases like diabetes, liver disease, cancer, heart attack and stroke.
It’s important to know the triggers of psoriasis to prevent it from getting worse. Common triggers are stress, alcohol, smoking, certain medications, harsh climates, and certain infections. Even though there is no cure, the good news is there are ways you can prevent flare-ups, or at least keep them to a minimum. By avoiding the common triggers, and also using the appropriate creams, ointments, and shampoos. Here at SKIN Clinics, we have what is called phototherapy- a treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis. The results from these treatments have proven themselves over and over again, and many of our clients have seen drastic results with consistent treatment. Phototherapy emits controlled, therapeutic doses of UVB light. The treatment is covered by Manitoba Health, if recommended by a dermatologist. For more on this check out phototherapy under the services tab on our website. Unlike tanning beds, which release harmful, cancer-causing rays, phototherapy light is designed to provide safe, highly targeted light in a very controlled manner. The treatment can last from seconds up to several minutes depending on factors determined by the dermatologist.
To learn more, check out the Canadian Guide to Psoriasis, a book that will tell you everything you need to know about the disease. It’s available at our clinic for $5 and proceeds are donated to charity.
Gabriella, Laser Technician and Esthetician at SKIN Clinics