Psoriasis Association South Africa
Welcome to our website where we share advice and focus on the experiences of people with psoriatic disease
Become a member
By becoming a member gain access to our support forums where you can connect with individuals who share in your condition and concerns.
About our organisation
People suffering from psoriatic disease encounter daily battles, when it comes to managing their condition. Which makes it, not only a skin condition, but it can affect a person’s mental state of mind as well.
At the South African Psoriasis Association (SAPSA) we’re here to help. We aim to inspire those with the condition to step out of their shadows by:
- Giving them access to breakthrough information
- Boosting their confidence
- Supporting emotional well-being
As each of our volunteers are people with psoriasis themselves, members can be assured that their advice is sincere from their own experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I know if I have psoriasis?
If you have a skin rash that won’t go away, contact your health care provider. He or she can look at the rash to see if it is psoriasis or another skin condition. Rarely, a small sample of skin is taken to view under a microscope.
Can psoriasis be cured?
Psoriasis cannot be cured, but treatment greatly reduces symptoms, even in severe cases.
What causes psoriasis?
The cause of psoriasis is unknown. The condition tends to run in families, so it may be passed on to children by parents.
Psoriasis causes new skin cells to develop too quickly. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 28 to 30 days. In psoriasis, new cells grow and move to the surface of the skin every three to four days. The build up of old cells being replaced by new cells creates the hallmark silvery scales of psoriasis.
Q: What causes psoriasis outbreaks?
No one knows what causes psoriasis outbreaks. How serious and how often outbreaks happen varies with each person. Outbreaks may be triggered by:
- Skin injury (Cuts, scrapes or surgery that requires cutting of the skin, for example.)
- Emotional stress
- Streptococcal and other infections
- Cold, cloudy weather
- Certain prescription medicines
How is psoriasis treated?
There are many treatments for psoriasis. Some treatments slow the production of new skin cells while others relieve itching and dry skin. Inflammation in the skin is an important part of psoriasis and many treatments reduce inflammation. Your health care provider will select a treatment plan depending on the seriousness of the rash, where it is on your body, your age, health and other factors.