The highly trained staff at the Psoriasis Clinic offer expert diagnosis and medical treatment for all types of psoriasis, through outpatient services within the Medical Subspecialties Institute.
Diagnosis of Psoriasis
To diagnose psoriasis, your doctor will first take a detailed medical history from you and examine your skin. They may also take a small skin sample to be investigated under a microscope.
Treatment of Psoriasis
There are several types of treatment available which can relieve psoriasis. These range from creams and ointments which can help if only small areas are affected, through to light therapy and biologic drugs. Treatment will depend on how severe your psoriasis is, which part of the body is affected, your overall health and your age.
Treatments for milder psoriasis include:
- Dry skin moisturizer
- Steroid cream
- Vitamin A or retinoid cream
- Vitamin D3 ointment
If your psoriasis doesn’t improve, the following may be recommended:
- UV light therapy: At certain wavelengths, UV light can decrease inflammation and slow skin cell production.
- Retinoids: A type of vitamin A, it is also associated with side effects.
- Methotrexate: Given in more severe cases, this medication can affect the liver so close monitoring with regular blood tests is essential.
- Cyclosporine: Given in more severe cases, this medication can cause high blood pressure and kidney damage.
Biological therapies: Medication modify the immune system’s response to psoriasis.