What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder which exists in many forms. Most people with psoriasis have psoriasis present on their body or scalp, or both, usually described as psoriasis vulgaris. Some people might have inverse psoriasis (e.g. psoriasis present on the genitals or armpits) or nail-psoriasis (e.g. psoriasis located on their nails).
It is estimated that about 2-3% of all people in Europe suffer from some form of psoriasis. It is known that in Asia or Africa the percentage of people suffering from psoriasis is lower.
Pictures of psoriasis
The area is shaved and cleaned, and an anaesthetic cream applied. The laser then produces pulsed beams of highly concentrated light which is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles, damaging the surrounding follicle.
The procedure can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually painful. The length of a laser session may be a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. Any redness and swelling of the affected areas usually disappears in a short time. And most people return to normal activity right away.
Psoriasis can vary in severity and location – over time. Some people may have slight, fine scaling on their elbows, or no scaling at all but only intense redness, and others may have thick, scaly plaques. Some people only have scalp psoriasis and others only have psoriasis on their legs and feet.
Many people experienced their first outbreak of psoriasis during a stressful period of their lives, and stress is known to have a negative impact on psoriasis. Apart from stress other ‘trigger factors’ exist. A ‘trigger factor’ is something which can worsen your psoriasis. Well-known ‘trigger factors’ are: certain types of medication, smoking, alcohol and emotional disturbances.