What is Psoriasis?
Most people have heard of psoriasis but many don’t understand what it is. Psoriasis affects 1 in 50 people across the world- that’s nearly 2 million people in the UK alone. Psoriasis is inherited but it doesn’t need a close relative for the genes to pass down families. Dr Ghura is one of the leading Dermatologists in Manchester and knows the condition can have a huge impact on almost every aspect of a person’s life including their appearance and self-image, their confidence, their performance at work, as well as their social and personal life.
Unfortunately, other people’s ignorance and insensitivity can make things worse with some patients scared to go swimming in case others wrongly think their psoriasis is infectious, or may find people avoid sitting next to them. Dr Ghura sees many patients with psoriasis in his Manchester dermatology clinics. The condition causes red scaly patches often on the elbows and knees but can affect any part of the body including a person’s hair and nails and even the joints.
How can Psoriasis be treated?
There are now so many exciting new treatments for Psoriasis that Dr Ghura can now offer patients- with huge advances in recent years. Dr Ghura, as one of the leading dermatologists in Manchester, is able to use the full range of treatments available for his patients. Expert management can usually control Psoriasis very well and often completely.
There are now very good cosmetically-acceptable specialist creams and gels that Dr Ghura uses very successfully for his patients. At times Dr Ghura may use light treatment (phototherapy) in Manchester for his dermatology patients. Patients have careful light treatment over several weeks to control their psoriasis. This specialist light treatment is quite different to tanning salons and sunlamps which can cause dangerous harm to skin and should absolutely be avoided.
Sometimes Dr Ghura will use specialist powerful tablets such as methotrexate or ciclosporin for his patients with more severe psoriasis. These tablets need to be prescribed and monitored by Dermatologists because they can have side effects if not used carefully. For the most severe psoriasis Dr Ghura uses injections called ‘biologics’- tiny antibody proteins that very specifically target parts of the immune system. These are only used in patients who don’t improve with tablet treatments and are very expensive.
What support is there?
The Psoriasis Association has very good information about psoriasis as well as its treatment. Dr Ghura has been a longstanding supporter and member of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) which also has good, easy to understand, information leaflets for patients about psoriasis and the more powerful tablet and biologic treatments.
More information can be found here.
When a patient sees Dr Ghura they will always get:
- A detailed assessment and treatment plan from one of the leading Dermatologists in Manchester with years of experience and expertise
- A treatment plan for their psoriasis targeted individually for them
- An effective preventative strategy to minimise flare ups and treat their psoriasis early on