Light Therapy for Psoriasis
Our dermatological specialists provide phototherapy for psoriasis treatment.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic skin disease that stems from a problem with the immune system. It involves the process of cell turnover, which is greatly accelerated with psoriasis. This leads to the development itchy patches of red skin, lesions and other bothersome and painful symptoms. Psoriasis outbreaks have varying levels of severity, with cyclical changes. It can affect all parts of the body, although many individuals tend to be prone to flare ups in specific areas. It is sometimes triggered by environmental factors, and can also be hereditary.
Types of Psoriasis
There are five different types of psoriasis, including plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis. Producing red skin that is thick and scaly, plaque psoriasis accounts for the majority of cases. It most often appears on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Both pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis are sometimes life-threatening, therefore immediate treatment is essential.
Psoriasis treatment aims to reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups, however not all treatments work for everyone. Although topical creams provide relief for some people, UVB light therapy has been shown to be one of the best therapies for penetrating the skin and clearing symptoms. Phototherapy is beneficial for stopping cell overgrowth, promoting healing of inflammation, relieving itching and more.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, call or email us to schedule a consultation.
For more information about psoriasis and laser treatments, please browse our patient library.