Psoriasis (also scaling eczema) is an
inflammatory skin disease with a chronic course. Predisposition to the illness
is often genetic. In Switzerland, one to two percent of the population suffers
from psoriasis. Precipitant factors can be mechanical stimuli, certain
medications, or bacterial infections.
The skin areas most commonly affected are the
medial elbow and knee joints, the head or nails. The affected areas exhibit a
We investigate the causes of the disease and
identify triggers or stimuli, which may contribute to new disease outbreaks.
We decide together with you, the patient, on your personalized treatment plan. Depending on the individual case we employ light therapy, therapeutic sea salt bath treatments (balneotherapy) or a combination of both, as well as at times topical medications (creams, ointments). In severe cases medications for oral or injectable administration are prescribed.
The range of new medicinal therapies is currently undergoing many
developments. When we determine treatment for severe psoriasis, we greatly
value being able to offer our patients an opportunity to participate in
clinical studies. Alternative therapies suggested by patients themselves also
have an important place.
Patienten Organizations and related links
USZ Dermatology organizes regular events for the
public on the topic of psoriasis and workshops for practicing physicians and
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