Conditions: Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?

When it comes to this disease, a lot is going on under your skin causing what you see on the surface. Plaque psoriasis is an immune disease that is active in your body but shows up externally. It is hard to predict just where plaque psoriasis will appear on your skin. Unfortunately, plaque psoriasis is a chronic disease, which means it’s a disease that lasts a long time and can come and go.

What if psoriasis goes untreated?

Untreated, psoriasis can lead to plaques that will continue to build and spread. These can be quite painful; the itching can be severe. Uncontrolled plaques can become infected and cause scarring. You may also develop painful changes in your nails, possibly leading to the loss of your nails. If you are diagnosed with arthritis along with your psoriasis (psoriatic arthritis), you may experience stiffness, swelling and joint pain. You will need to take injectable treatments or oral medications for this. If you don’t keep up with treatment, you could develop permanent joint damage, which can be painful and disabling.

Solutions for psoriasis provided by Dermatology Associates of Seattle:

Narrowband UVB: Narrowband UVB has become the phototherapy treatment of choice for psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema because it delivers the most significant amounts of the most beneficial wavelengths of UV light while minimizing the potentially harmful wavelengths.
PUVA: PUVA is a combination treatment that of consists of Psoralens (P) and afterward, treating the skin with long wave ultraviolet radiation. This therapy has been available in its present form since 1976. Psoralens are compounds found in many plants which make the skin temporarily sensitive to UVA. Egyptians were the first group of people to use psoralens for the treatment of skin diseases thousands of years ago. Medical psoralens include methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen), 5-methoxypsoralen and trisoralen.
Pharos (excimer) Laser: The Pharos laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions through a handpiece that rests directly on the skin. By precisely targeting only active lesions without exposing healthy skin, the laser safely provides high-dose treatment for fast clearing and long remission. The scalp is an excellent place to use the Pharos Laser.

A solutions for your psoriasis:

Our dermatologists are engaged in research efforts to find the cause and cure of Psoriasis. If you are ready to manage your Psoriasis with effective, and healthy treatment options, the dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Seattle are renowned for their efficient treatments with positive results against this persistent skin disease.

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