Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system that attacks the skin. The overactive immune system causes the skin to produce cells at an abnormally fast rate. As a result, layers of skin build up faster than the body can shed them, producing thick, itchy, red patches.
About 30 percent of psoriasis patients will also develop arthritis. Just as there are several different types of psoriasis, there are several different types of psoriatic arthritis. The most common type, symmetric psoriatic arthritis, has symptoms similar to those of rheumatoid arthritis. This condition affects 50 percent of patients with psoriatic arthritis.
How is psoriasis treated?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are many treatments. The various treatments aim to remove the built-up skin patches and relieve the itching and slow down the rate of skin cell production. Psoriasis treatments can come in the form of medications, laser therapy or systemic medications that are injected or taken by mouth. At Southeastern Dermatology, we can help ease the symptoms of your psoriasis with XTRAC laser therapy.
The XTRAC laser is specially designed to provide relief to patients with psoriasis by focusing directly on the affected areas of the body. Depending on the areas that need treatment, the process can take as little time as 20 minutes. We may also use oils right before treatment to help you receive the best results possible.
Are there home remedies?
Home remedies can be used to treat psoriasis, but they are generally only effective for the mildest cases. Some supplements, like Vitamin D, can slow down the growth of skin cells or ease the symptoms. Other supplements that can help psoriasis patients include aloe vera, fish oil and evening primrose oil. Olive oil can soothe itchy skin when applied to it. These home remedies tend to work best when they are used in conjunction with treatments such as the XTRAC laser.
Dry environments can exacerbate the symptoms of psoriasis. Alcohol and tobacco also make psoriasis worse. After your laser treatment, we can let you know what steps you can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enhance your results.
Are XTRAC Laser Psoriasis Treatments Right for Me?
This treatment works best for patients with mild to moderate psoriasis. XTRAC laser psoriasis treatments also provide an effective alternative for those who have seen minimal success with other treatments. While the number of treatments needed will depend on your specific situation, most patients see significant clearing in under 10 sessions. As an added benefit, this treatment usually eliminates the need for ointments and creams all together.
If you have psoriasis, you have options. Our XTRAC laser psoriasis treatments may be able to help you. Southeastern Dermatology is proud to provide effective cosmetic and medical dermatological care to patients in Fayetteville, NC. To learn more about effective psoriasis treatments with the XTRAC laser, contact us to schedule your consultation today!