Psoriasis Skin Treatment
Psoriasis is a condition that causes thick patches of redness, scale and irritation of the skin; irritated patches of skin are often dry and covered with flakey skin (scales). The condition most frequently begins in individuals between ages 15 and 35 but can appear at any age. Psoriasis is felt to be a hereditary disorder caused by a subtle abnormality in the immune system. Often, however, cases emerge where there is no known family history. Factors such as weather, stress and diet are known to impact the severity of some types of psoriasis.
Many types of psoriasis can be treated with light therapy, which exposes the patient to ultraviolet (UV) light for a specified amount of time. Island Dermatology utilizes the following light therapy service to treat psoriasis:
Narrowband UVB Light Therapy
The experienced dermatology providers at Island Dermatology will create a psoriasis skin treatment plan that will leave you with clear, scale free skin!
Excimer laser is a concentrated light therapy treatment for plaque Psoriasis and Vitiligo skin conditions. It can be used on most areas of the body with significant improvement in 12 treatments for Psoriasis and Vitiligo. Treatment times vary but are typically 10-15 minutes two times weekly until desired results have been achieved. This laser is designed to target stubborn areas, therefore can be used in conjunction with UVB Phototherapy. Similar to UVB Phototherapy, Excimer Laser is covered by most insurance companies.
Types of Skin Psoriasis
The least common type of psoriasis, causes large areas of the body to become red and inflamed, giving it a total body rash appearance. This type of psoriasis generally appears on individuals that have a level of plaque psoriasis in which lesions are not clearly defined. Individuals with Erythrodermic psoriasis may be prone to dehydration, extreme swings in body temperature, infection and fever.
Is a skin condition in which small, red, teardrop-shaped spots appear on the arms, legs, and middle of the body. Guttate means “drop” in Latin. Guttate psoriasis is a relatively uncommon form of psoriasis. It is usually seen in patients younger than 30. The condition often develops very suddenly, usually after an infection, most notably strep throat. Guttate psoriasis is not contagious.
Inverse Psoriasis (of which Genital Psoriasis is a subset)
Commonly affecting the under part of the breasts or buttocks, armpits, genital region, or abdominal folds, appears as bright red, smooth patches in the folds of the skin. Outbreaks of Inverse psoriasis can become easily aggravated by sweat and skin rubbing together in the folds, making an individual with this condition prone to other issues, such as yeast and other fungal infections.
Is a chronic form of psoriasis that affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Occurring mostly in adults, it appears as red patches on skin that can thicken and cause deep fissures. Sometimes deep, yellow pustules appear on the hands and feet, as well. These pustules are found to be more prevalent among people who smoke or use tobacco products.
Is the most common and persistent type of psoriasis, affecting nearly 90% of people with the condition. Plaque Psoriasis is characterized by circular or oval shaped patches that are covered in scales and sometimes itch or burn. Patches are typically found on the elbows, knees, torso, or scalp, but can appear on any part of the skin.
An uncommon type of psoriasis that manifests in raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pus and causes the skin under and around the bumps to become irritated and redden. There are multiple types of Pustular psoriasis that vary from acute to chronic.
Appears as dry, scaly skin or heavily crusted plaque areas on the scalp, which can either flake off or peel off in crusted clumps. At least half of people who have other types of psoriasis also have Scalp psoriasis. This type of psoriasis can also extend beyond the scalp, appearing on the forehead, back of the neck, or behind the ears. Other symptoms include itchiness, redness and temporary hair loss.