Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that presents as itchy, scaly, silver-like patches on the skin. There are several different types of psoriasis with distinct symptoms. Psoriasis affects 1 million Canadians, and while there is no cure, effective treatment options are available to help manage symptoms and greatly increase quality of life.

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Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition that affects the skin cells, which means the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks them. If someone has psoriasis, their skin cell lifecycle is expedited, which causes rapid cell build up on the skin’s surface in the form of red, itchy, dry, and sometimes painful scales or lesions. The most common areas for lesions to form are the elbows, knees, scalp, chest, and lower back. Psoriasis can also affect the joints, called psoriatic arthritis, though the most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis. Treatment options depend on the severity and number of the lesions and what areas of skin are affected.


Treatments Options

+ Psoriasis treatment with medication (referral required)
+ Phototherapy (Referral Required)
+ Complimentary Skincare Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

+ + What causes Psoriasis?

The exact cause is unknown, though it is thought to be linked to a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune factors. The immune system becomes overactive and causes the skin cells to turn over (rise to the surface of the skin and shed) at 10 times their normal rate, causing the red plaques on the skin.

+ + Who is at risk for Psoriasis?

Although psoriasis can develop at any age, it is typically seen in adults, with most being diagnosed in young adulthood and in their 50s-60s. Men and women seem to be affected by psoriasis equally.

+ + What causes a Psoriasis flare?

Psoriasis may be permanent or come in episodes. Common triggers include infection, mild skin injury, certain medications, stress, weather, and smoking cigarettes.

+ + Can I have more than one type of Psoriasis at once?

Yes. It is possible to have different types of Psoriasis diagnosed at once or at different times.

+ + What are the treatment options like?

Treatment options depend on the severity and number of the lesions and what areas of skin are affected. Treatment ranges from various topicals such as anti-inflammatories, steroids, and retinoids to systemic agents and biologics. UVB Phototherapy is a beneficial adjunct to psoriasis treatment. Assessment by one of our medical providers will help determine which course of action is best for you.

+ + Is it possible to stop treatment?

Managing psoriasis will always be a on-going process to keep symptoms under control. It depends on what medication is being taken, but many patients stay on their treatment regime indefinitely to keep the psoriasis stable. It is possible to experience a severe flare if psoriasis medication is abruptly stopped. We recommend always consulting with your provider before discontinuing any treatments.