Psoriasis is a chronic, scaly rash that affects people of all ages. It is influenced by genetics and environmental factors. It is not contagious. The condition can be very socially disabling and commonly leads to depression. It can also be associated with other internal health problems, including psoriatic arthritis. While there is no cure for psoriasis, recent advances in treatment mean that the great majority of cases can be well controlled.
The Xtrac Laser safely and effectively treats psoriasis. It delivers a precisely targeted, high dose of ultraviolet light to psoriatic lesions through a handpiece that rests directly on the skin. It is ideal for reaching hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, scalp and successfully treats patients with mild to moderate conditions. Xtrac Laser is FDA approved and treatments are covered by most insurance companies.
Another treatment may be the use of a UVB light box. This light therapy or phototherapy involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis and under medical supervision. Present in natural sunlight, UVB is an effective treatment for psoriasis. UVB penetrates the skin and slows the growth of affected skin cells. Treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source for a set length of time on a regular schedule.
Topical agents such as Anthralin, Coal Tar, Vitamin A and Vitamin D derivatives and steroids may be used alone to treat moderate forms of psoriasis but are often combined with light therapy and agents such as antimetabolite drugs and retinoids to treat advanced psoriasis. Most treatments take about five to seven minutes, twice a week for a few weeks. After six to 10 treatments, most patients enjoy clearing and find results typically last four to six months.