ECZEMA & PSORIASIS

Eczema & Psoriasis

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder where rapid skin cell reproduction results in raised, red and white scaly patches of skin. Most commonly in the knees, elbows, lower back and scalp but can appear anywhere on your body. These scaly patches on the skin are due to systemic inflammation. But treatment can help you feel better. You may need topical (creams and ointments) which can be prescribed by your GP, oral medication, or skin treatments. 

At Savant, we provide safe and effective skin treatments to target a variety of skin conditions to speed up the healing process. The psoriasis treatment will stop skin cells from growing so quickly whilst effectively removing scales. One of the treatments we provide is LED Light Therapy (Healite II) which uses controlled amounts of light frequency to target deep into the skin’s dermis layers, rejuvenate the skin and help accelerate the production of collagen and cells. This is great for treating wounds and scars. LED Light therapy is a first-line treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis, either alone or in combination with medications. Repeated treatments are necessary and will be discussed in your consultation. Which treatments you use depends on how severe the psoriasis is and how responsive it has been to previous treatment. Psoriasis treatments are available at Savant and can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

If you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact us, and we’ll provide you with the best treatment and information for psoriasis.

CAUSES

While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. One thing we do know: psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot catch psoriasis from another person. Usually, something triggers psoriasis, causing symptoms to appear or worsen, and this may vary from person to person.

Psoriasis is caused by dysfunction of the immune system. This occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up skin cell growth. Normal skin cells completely grow and shed (fall off) in a month. With psoriasis, skin cells do this in only three or four days. Instead of shedding, the skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin and causes inflammation and irritation. 

If you want to treat psoriasis, book your consultation with our experts, and we will explain the full Psoriasis or Eczema procedure to you and listen to any concerns that you may have.

 

ECZEMA

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and inflamed.  It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly with moisturising creams or ointments. It is safe to use anti-itch cream to help relieve the soreness and irritation from eczema. Inflamed skin can become red on lighter skin, and darker brown, purple or grey on darker skin. This can also be more difficult to see on darker skin.

Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, the insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is caused by a combination of immune system activation, genetics, environmental triggers and stress. If you have eczema, your immune system overreacts to small irritants or allergens. This overreaction can inflame your skin.

CAUSES OF ECZEMA

The exact cause of atopic eczema is unknown, but it’s clear it is not down to one single thing. Atopic eczema often occurs in people who get allergies. “Atopic” means sensitivity to allergens. It can run in families, and often develops alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

Common triggers of eczema flare-ups include:

  • Chemicals found in cleaners and detergents that dry out the skin
  • Rough scratchy material, like wool
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Raised body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Temperature changes
  • Sudden drop in humidity
  • Stress
  • Food allergies
  • Animal dander
  • Upper respiratory infections

PREVENTION

  • Moisturise frequently
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
  • Keep cool
  • Avoid sweating or overheating
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid scratchy synthetic materials, such as wool and raw linen. Use 100% cotton which is comfortable and allows the skin to breathe.
  • Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents
  • Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods
  • Use a humidifier in the room where you sleep
  • Take short showers using lukewarm water
  • Avoid scratching

We recommend having a consultation prior to the treatment, where our highly experienced Savant Specialists will assess the areas you wish to treat and generate a bespoke treatment plan for you.

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