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Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches.


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Psoriasis is a very common skin condition. The skin can get inflamed and start to flake off. Dermatologists will typically recommend topical medication, oral medication (including biologics), and at-home remedies first. When mild to moderate cases don’t improve with topical medications, treatment with an Excimer Laser is an excellent alternative. In addition to treating psoriasis of the skin, our doctors have the expertise and devices to address psoriasis of the nail. National Institute of Health share some deeper insights into Psoriasis that you can find here.

What is psoriasis treatment like?

Ultraviolet light treatments have been improved over the last few decades to suppress inflammation. Delivering this specific form of light (narrowband ultraviolet B 308nm) with a laser only to the affected areas allows for faster treatments and fewer treatment sessions. Side effects are diminished as normal skin is spared (unlike full-body treatments). Treatments take 5-10 minutes, are pain-free, and optimally are performed 2 or 3 times a week. Eight treatments are typical, but each treatment plan is specialized for the patient. Many patients have significant improvement in several weeks with remissions lasting several months or more. Excimer laser treatments are often covered by insurance. To learn more about topical and laser treatment options for psoriasis, watch our recent webinar video here

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What Treatment is available?

The 308 Excimer Laser can be used to treat psoriasis as well as Nail Conditions.

Will I have psoriasis for the rest of my life?

Yes. Psoriasis is not curable, but symptoms of psoriasis do not always persist and can be managed with the help of your doctor. Psoriasis can go into remission for months at a time and flare up when the immune system is weak or the skin is not taken proper care of. Many people suggest sun exposure to help ease symptoms of psoriasis.


Questions and Answers

Q: Is Psoriasis Contagious?

A: No. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is misdirected to cause inflammation in the skin.

Q: Are There Other Treatments Besides Laser Therapy?

A: Steroids, vitamin A derivatives, topical ointments, anti-inflammatory medication, and immunosuppressive drugs are other possible treatments for this condition, but lasering shows the most progress and offers the best relief.

Q: What Can I Do At Home To Help Relieve My Symptoms?

A: Some at-home remedies to calm your psoriasis symptoms are:

  • Take a warm bath with Epsom salt.
  • Apply aloe vera to affected areas.
  • Use a humidifier in your home to avoid drying out your skin.
  • Add turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Practice stress-relieving activities, such as yoga or deep breathing.

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