Psoriasis is a common skin condition that can present in many ways. Treating the condition can be simple or a major challenge for GPs. A patient’s response to treatment can be unpredictable and a step-wise approach is usually adopted.
- The prevalence of psoriasis is about 2%, affecting men and women equally.
- The severity of psoriasis varies markedly between patients and in an individual patient over time.
- The chronic plaque form of psoriasis is seen in 80 to 90% of cases.
- Treatment of psoriasis is tailored to the patient depending on the extent of the disease, patient preference and response to previous treatment.