Psoriasis is a disease with a genetic predisposition. Dr. Lopez Estebaranz, expert in Dermatology, states that 1/3 of patients with psoriasis have a family member who also has psoriasis. However, other factors are necessary for the disease to manifest itself.
It is estimated that psoriasis, which most often appears between the ages of 15-40 years, affects 2-3% of the population.
Skin with psoriasis
The skin of a patient with psoriasis is reddened, thickened and scaly. It is a skin in which cell renewal is accelerated and causes it to renew much faster than normal skin and to thicken with superficial desquamation. There is also an increase in blood vessels, which gives the reddened appearance. It is a skin that has lost its cutaneous barrier characteristics causing moisture to be lost from the body, making it more exposed to external agents. In addition, there is an increase of inflammatory cells in the dermis (neutrophils, lymphocytes, etc.).
Treatments for psoriasis
In recent years there has been a spectacular development in the knowledge of the existing alterations in psoriasis, which has allowed the appearance of multiple new very effective treatments for psoriasis. The objective is to completely clear the skin of psoriasis lesions and to keep it “clear” of lesions. We have topical treatments in creams, light treatments (uvb nb phototherapy) and excimer lasers and systemic treatments (pills and subcutaneous) that achieve remission of psoriasis in almost all patients. At DermoMedic’s psoriasis unit we adjust each treatment according to the severity of the lesions and the individual characteristics of each patient.