What causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is classically characterized by thickened red areas of skin covered with silvery scales. Severity can be mild discrete patches or severe lesions and can affect much of the overall skin area on the body. In addition, the joints; nails; and even the mucous membranes may also be affected. Psoriasis is actually common as well as a chronic disease but not contagious or curable.

There are many types of psoriasis which include plaquing; pustular; guttate; inverse; and erythrodermic (more rare). Patients can sometimes have more than one type of psoriasis at once also.

There is not one known cause for psoriasis however, immune system defect as well as genetic disposition do play a role in development. In addition, some medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease can also be associated with onset of psoriasis.

Many treatment options are available for patients suffering with psoriasis. Mild psoriasis may be treated with special bath solutions and topical medications. More severe cases may be treated with oral medications; steroids; and light therapy.
The XTRAC Excimer laser is one option for psoriasis patients. Laser therapy can help patients to enjoy long lasting, effective relief from painful psoriasis and other skin conditions.

This therapy is good for hard to treat areas such as the scalp; hands; and feet. XTRAC laser uses a concentrated form of UVB (ultraviolet B) light attacking the DNA of the T-cells.

There is no down time for XTRAC and many times insurance will cover the treatment. Another form of therapy is PDT (photodynamic therapy) for psoriasis. PDT uses a topical drug and blue light therapy to treat the psoriasis cells. This treatment can cause some local irritation but no down time.

It is always best to meet with your dermatologist to see which treatment is best for your psoriasis!



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