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Cryotherapy Psoriasis And Eczema Treatment in Bristol
Why choose Pro Clinics for Cryotherapy Psoriasis And Eczema Treatment?
If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, you will have undoubtedly tried all manner of treatments to try and reduce the effects of these conditions. There are a multitude of different creams and lotions available on an ‘over-the-counter’ basis, although sadly they are often ineffective at reducing the symptoms.
Pro. Clinics have significantly invested in market-leading localised cryotherapy equipment, and are leading the way when it comes to treating problematic skin conditions.
Many people favour cryotherapy over conventional creams and lotions, as the treatment is so quick and effective, and eliminates the need to apply messy and often sticky creams on a daily basis.
The treatment is also highly targeted, meaning that only the affected area is being treated during a session, which saves a lot of time and money.
Pro. Clinics are located in a very convenient location in the heart of Clifton, making it very quick and easy to pop in for a localised cryotherapy session. We understand that choosing the right clinic is a very important decision, and we are fortunate enough to have multiple 5-star reviews on the internet, so you can be sure that you are dealing with a reputable and highly regarded company.
Cryotherapy Psoriasis and Eczema Treatment FAQs
Simply put, it is the use of extremely cold temperatures to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Pro. Clinics are experts in localised, or as it’s sometimes called, targeted cryotherapy. Freezing the area of concern causes the tissue to die and through a phenomenon known as the ‘reverse Koebner response’ the psoriasis or eczema begin to fade.
For many, cryotherapy is a welcome alternative to topical creams, as it is quick and easy to carry out and is relatively inexpensive. The treatment itself takes only a few minutes to perform and is not a painful procedure.
For some conditions, only one application is necessary to see benefits although usually a course of multiple treatments will be required.
Psoriasis is a hereditary, autoimmune illness affecting millions of people in the UK and close to 3% of the world’s population. Psoriasis can bring about serious pain which is sometimes treated with skin creams, medicated shampoos, oral solutions, and an improved diet. These treatments all have their place, but now there is an alternative treatment, involving targeting the affected area using localised cryotherapy.
There are generally 5 types of psoriasis which lead to chronic inflammation with symptoms including:
- Plaque – Thick red patches of skin.
- Guttate – Small red spots on the torso, limbs, face, and scalp.
- Inverse – Red, shiny, smooth rash in skin folds.
- Pustular – White pustules surrounded by red skin.
- Erythrodermic – Resembles severe burns and covers large portions of the body.
Eczema is the name given to a group of medical conditions that can cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are different types of eczema including – atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Eczema is a very common problem that affects millions of people, although luckily for many it is also very manageable.
The word “eczema” is derived from a Greek word meaning “to boil over.” This is a very good description for the red, inflamed, itchy patches that often occur during flare-ups. Eczema can range from mild and moderate, to severe.
It is most common for babies and young children to develop eczema on their faces, although it can appear anywhere on the body and symptoms are often different from one child to the next. Eczema often goes away as the child grows older, although some children will continue to experience eczema into their teenage years and into adulthood. It is also worth noting that adults can also develop eczema, even if they never had it as a baby or child.
This is an interesting question and one that is often a source of confusion. Generally speaking, Psoriasis causes well-defined, thick, red, scaly patches, commonly found on areas such as the elbows and knees. It is also common to see psoriasis on the face, buttocks, and scalp. With someone suffering from psoriasis, you would usually see thick patches of skin with overlying redness.
Eczema can appear anywhere on the body, but often tends to appear in the crooks of the knees and the elbows.
People that suffer with psoriasis tend to have fairly mild itching, whereas for people suffering with eczema, the itching can be far more intense. If you are unsure whether you are suffering from either psoriasis or eczema, Pro. Clinics advise consulting your GP, or a dermatologist, in order for them to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Simply put, when your body is exposed to sub freezing temperatures, your veins widen and blood stream is pulled far from the skin with the end goal of keeping your organs warm. This is your body’s response to avoid entering hypothermia.
Once the targeted cryotherapy session has finished, your blood stream surges back through your body and skin to the point of feeling a tingling sensation. This is your blood vessels expanding and flushing out poisons, resulting in skin revival, enhanced collagen levels and decreased blemishes. A course of several treatments is often required to achieve optimum results.
There are various treatments available and often people can be treated by their GP.
Treatments are usually determined by the type and the severity of the psoriasis and the area of skin affected. Most GPs will start with a mild treatment, such as topical creams and then move on to stronger treatments if it becomes necessary. The main types of treatments are listed below:
- Topical – Creams and ointments applied to the skin.
- Phototherapy – The affected skin is exposed to certain types of ultraviolet light.
- Systemic – Oral and or injected medications that work throughout the whole body.
It is often the case that different types of treatments are used in conjunction.
Cryotherapy, for the treatment for psoriasis and eczema is perfectly safe, as it is a targeted treatment where the cold temperature is focused only on the problem area.
That said, Pro. Clinics will not generally treat pregnant women, children, people with severe high blood pressure, or people suffering with heart conditions.
There are many benefits when using cryotherapy to treat psoriasis and eczema. For many people, it helps them to manage their symptoms and reduces the physical and emotional toll that the conditions can cause. Cryotherapy is a non-invasive, quick and pain-free treatment, that helps to soothe itchy, sore, dry and reddened skin. It is also a natural treatment that does not involve creams or drugs which is appealing for many people.
You will never know unless you try it! The chances are that you have tried numerous different treatments to try and cure your skin condition, with often limited success. As long as you do not have high blood pressure, or a heart condition, then cryotherapy could well be the answer that you have been looking for.
Targeted or localised cryotherapy, when treating skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, is a very quick and simple process. The practitioner will firstly ask you to expose the problem area or areas and will then point the cryotherapy machine at the area and the treatment will begin. The device will blast out a very cold powerful jet of compressed CO2, which will rapidly cool the affected area. Most people will experience immediate relief from itching and soreness, with the problem area gradually improving and healing over the coming days and weeks.
This is not a straightforward question to answer as the results, following a cryotherapy session, will vary considerably from person-to-person. Many people will notice visible improvements after just a couple of sessions, although sometimes people may need many more. It is not uncommon for someone with severe psoriasis or eczema to require up to ten sessions at weekly intervals. After the full course has been completed, some people may need the occasional top up session to keep the conditions at bay.
You are not required to prepare in any specific way before your psoriasis or eczema cryotherapy session. The only thing that you will need to do is ensure that your clothing is loose fitting and you can easily expose the area that is being treated.
While cryotherapy is highly effective at treating psoriasis and eczema, it can sometimes leave the affected area with unusual sensations, such as numbness or tingling.
Cryotherapy can occasionally cause redness and irritation to the skin, although these effects are generally temporary.
There is no specific post-treatment care required after your cryotherapy session and you will be able to resume your everyday activities right away.