Top Laser and Light Therapy Treatments for Psoriasis

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If you have psoriasis, you know just how difficult it can be to treat. Frequent eruptions of itchy, scaly patches are uncomfortable and disruptive, but you don’t have to live in fear of flare-ups. If topical and oral medications aren’t enough to manage your psoriasis, laser or light therapy could help you keep this chronic condition under control. At Florida Academic Dermatology Center, we offer two cutting-edge UV psoriasis treatments. Here’s what you need to know about these highly effective options.

XTRAC® for Psoriasis

XTRAC laser therapy can be extremely beneficial for stubborn psoriasis. This ultraviolet B (UVB) device works by concentrating a single band of light on psoriasis plaques to break down the cells that create lesions. Treatment with XTRAC typically involves a series of 10 to 12 sessions two to three times per week. You’ll likely start to see noticeable improvements after three to four treatments. XTRAC is best for patients with localized psoriasis who have scaling in specific areas like the elbows or knees. 

UVB Booth Therapy for Psoriasis

If you have flares that affect your whole body, using a booth to distribute light therapy evenly could be a better option. UVB booths should also be used about two to three times per week for the best results, and it can take a few weeks to a couple of months to see improvements.

Can UVB for Psoriasis Be Combined With Other Treatments?

Some psoriasis treatments work well together, while others can be harmful. It’s essential you work with a qualified dermatologist, like those at Florida Academic Dermatology Center, who can create a safe treatment plan.

Using salicylic acid or cyclosporine in combination with UVB therapy isn’t recommended. However, UVB therapy does have a good track record when combined with systemic medications like methotrexate or topicals like calcipotriene or coal tar. Our providers can determine which options could work best for you.

Schedule Your Coral Gables Psoriasis Treatment

If you’re ready to enjoy more clear skin days, call 305-324-2110 to book your psoriasis treatment at Florida Academic Dermatology Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Frank Don and Dr. Francisco Kerdel, can create a comprehensive treatment plan, including UV therapy, to more effectively manage your psoriasis.

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