Psoriasis (Pharos Excimer Laser)

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a medical condition which is characterized by skin cells which multiply up to 10 times quicker than usual. When underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, the sheer number creates raised, red plaques with white scales to erupt. Psoriasis usually develops on the elbows, knees, and scalp, but it can also develop on the torso, palms, and soles of the feet. Psoriasis is an immune system condition. 

What are the Symptoms? 

  • Patches of red, inflamed skin. These are often covered with loose, silvery scales. They can be itchy and painful and may crack or bleed.
  • Fingernails and toenails may change color or become pitted. They can also crumble or detach from the nail bed.
  • Patches of scales or crust may form on the head.

What Causes Flare-ups?

Every person will have unique triggers. When a person knows what causes a flare-up, symptoms can be better controlled. Triggers include:

  • Cold, dry environments
  • Stress
  • Certain medicines
  • Skin Infections and injury
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

What are the Treatments for Psoriasis?

Psoriasis responds well to topical and systemic treatments. When less severe, topical treatments are effective. For persistent, difficult-to-treat cases, there are many newer treatments including injectable and oral medications. These medications and their results are monitored carefully by Dr. Kurzman and Caitlyn. For stubborn isolated areas of psoriasis, the Pharos Excimer Laser is a highly effective treatment.

Pharos Excimer Laser 

PHAROS excimer laser is a laser that delivers concentrated, narrow-band phototherapy directly to psoriatic lesions limiting exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Continuously adjustable with constant fluence, PHAROS' infinitely variable spot size handpiece and aiming beam allow targeted treatment of affected tissue quickly, easily, and accurately while limiting exposure to healthy skin. This also means that psoriasis patients may need fewer treatments than with traditional phototherapy.

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