By Dr. Nektarios Logaras – Dermatologist/Venereologist
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common, multifactorial, non-contagious, inflammatory skin disease and affects 1.5-3% of the population.
It occurs in all ages, both in men and women with the same frequency.
It is characterized by abnormal proliferation and early maturation and apoptosis of skin keratinocytes.
Which are the main causes for Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is due to the effect of environmental – triggering factors in people with genetic predisposition as well as heredity.
Studies have acknowledged that psoriasis is consistent with a multifactorial pattern of inheritance.
The chance of disease’s development is 14% when one parent has psoriasis, 41% when both parents are suffered fron psoriasis and 6% when there is a brother (or sister) with psoriasis.
Injury. Any kind of injury such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, thermal, surgical, can lead to the appearance of new lesions.
-Infections. Bacterial streptococcal infections can lead to guttate psoriasis in children and young adults.
-Medicines. Many drugs have been implicated in causing or worsening psoriasis, some of which are drugs for malaria, lithium salts, abrupt discontinuation of oral cortisone, etc.
-Sun. The sun in most cases has a beneficial effect and that’s why psoriasis has a recession in the summer except a small percentage of cases that worsen.
-Metabolic factors. The lack of calcium predisposes to the appearance of psoriasis, while it is a bad prognostic factor for its course.
-Hormonal factors. Psoriasis maybe increased in girls during adolescence, and to be improved in pregnancy.
-Stress. The stress contributes significantly to the onset and severity of the disease. Psoriasis is aggravated in times of stress and is improved in times of relaxation and calm.
-Alcohol. Alcohol consumption worsens psoriasis.
-Smoking. Smoking aggravates and worsens psoriasis.
Types of Psoriasis
The most common type is plaque psoriasis. However, there are some other types such as guttate psoriasis as well as pustular psoriasis. Depending on the location,they are distinguished in psoriasis of the scalp, palms, feet, genitals, nails and inverse psoriasis.
What Are the Related Medical Conditions of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is associated with Crohn’s disease, depression, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome as well as eye inflammation.
In Athens South Dermatology Clinic, the treatment, that is applied by the specialized Dermatologist Dr. Nektarios Logaras, is individualized according to the extent and the severity of the disease, but also the particularities of each patient, children, pregnancy, response to previous treatments, comorbidity, etc.
Diagnosis and monitoring is performed by digital imaging with the state-of-the-art Digital Dermatoscope the Fotofinder ATBM System in combination with the necessary laboratory test.
The treatment may be only local or even systemic.
Before & After
The Doctor’s experience
Dr. N. Logaras MD
Laser Dermatologic Surgeon
Graduate of Nottingham and Birmingham Universities of England.
-Specialization in Dermatologic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital of Dermatology & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Specialization in Digital Dermoscopy – Mole Mapping, at the Department of Dermoscopy and Melanoma, Hospital of Dermatology & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
egree in Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Nottingham, UK.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
-Dermatologist – Venereologist, Private Clinic – Athens South Dermatology & Laser Center, Alimos
-Dermatology – Venereology Specialty, Hospital of Dermatologic & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Former Doctor, Royal Derby | Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Taunton and Somerset Hospital NHS Trust-Musgrove Park, England
-Former Doctor, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Queen Alexandra Hospital, England
-Former Doctor, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, England
19 years of medical experience
Phone No. for Appointment: +302109821431