Learn How New Lightbox and Laser Treatments Alleviate Psoriasis Symptoms

More than 7 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the country. The skin condition isn’t only uncomfortable and painful, but also associated with stigma.

At Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center, we offer highly specialized therapy to treat psoriasis.

But what is psoriasis? Is it curable? And how can new lightbox and laser treatments alleviate psoriasis symptoms? Let’s explore:

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis isn’t just a skin disease. It’s a skin disease and an autoimmune disease. Put another way, it’s an autoimmune disease that manifests itself on your skin.

Psoriasis is caused when the skin produces skin cells at a highly abnormal rate. Rather than being shed, which is what should happen, these skin cells build up and form the red patches known as psoriasis. These patches are usually itchy and sometimes painful.

If you have itchy, patchy skin, make an appointment to visit one of our certified dermatologists as soon as possible. Failure to treat psoriasis may increase your risk for other problems, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Psoriasis isn’t contagious

You might think that psoriasis is contagious, possibly because other skin conditions can be. This isn’t the case. Psoriasis can be genetically transferred from parents to offspring, but it’s not spread by human contact. Nor does psoriasis have anything to do with cleanliness or hygiene.

Psoriasis is treatable but not curable

Even though psoriasis can’t be cured completely, it’s treatable. Two of the most effective treatment methods for psoriasis are lightbox and laser treatments.

The main goals of treatment include halting the production of excess skin cells, removing the excess dead skin from the body, and soothing the inflamed patches.

Lightbox treatment for psoriasis

Light therapy is effective for reducing the inflammation and appearance of psoriasis. The procedure involves exposing the affected areas to light. This process slows abnormal cell growth. Lightbox treatment targets inflammation signals to help diminish the redness and flakiness of psoriasis.

Your dermatologist uses ultraviolet B (UVB) light in the treatment process, either broadband UVB or narrowband UVB. Broadband UVB was the first to be used in psoriasis treatment, and it’s still used today. Since its development, narrowband UVB has overtaken broadband UVB in popularity. Narrowband UVB is more specific and has a therapeutic benefit, but both can be used to treat moderate and severe cases of psoriasis.

At Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center, patients come to the clinic for lightbox treatment 2-3 times a week for up to three months. Light therapy requires consistency and a lot of time to be effective.  

Laser treatment for psoriasis

Laser treatment that targets psoriasis is also known as excimer laser therapy. This treatment method focuses UV rays on a localized area of your skin without affecting the surrounding areas. For that reason, many patients prefer this therapy.

While lightbox treatment uses mild doses of UV light, laser treatment focuses intense laser light on your inflamed areas. For that reason, laser treatment requires fewer sessions to complete treatment.

Most patients with psoriasis who visit us for lightbox or laser treatment don’t experience any side effects from either therapy.

We can help

If you would like to learn more on how new lightbox and laser treatments can help alleviate your psoriasis symptoms, contact us online or give us a call and our team will be happy to help.

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