At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), we are well-qualified to treat skin conditions that run the gamut from minor irritations to serious skin cancers. One particular condition, psoriasis, is unique in the impact that it can have on patients’ lives. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes patches of skin cells to reproduce at up to ten times the normal rate. As a result, these patches are constantly trying to shed the unneeded skin cells, causing an itchy and uncomfortable sensation and a raised, flaky appearance. For psoriasis patients, the combination of feeling self-conscious about their appearance and the lasting discomfort can hold them back from experiencing their lives as fully as they otherwise could. Fortunately, advancing technology has made great strides in making these patients’ lives easier.
The PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser
While mild cases of psoriasis can sometimes be treated with specific creams and ointments, many patients do not experience relief with these treatments. For those patients, phototherapy can be a more successful option. Phototherapy uses UV light to decrease inflammation in areas affected by psoriasis, assisting in clearing the itchy lesions. Since 1976, DAA’s specialty center has been dedicated exclusively to psoriasis treatment, and our PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser allows us to administer phototherapy in an especially effective way. This laser allows us to apply highly-concentrated and customized UV light directly to the areas of affected skin, making the treatment as effective as possible without affecting the surrounding skin.
While psoriasis treatments have come a long way, they can only help patients who are accurately diagnosed and are aware that treatments exist. This condition can have a powerful impact on patients’ self-confidence and social lives, and that impact is amplified when patients don’t know why their skin had developed the appearance that it has or that there are successful treatment options available. We use our website and our pages on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to spread the word about psoriasis and other skin conditions so that patients know what symptoms to look for, where to go to receive an accurate diagnosis, and what treatments can help them regain the quality of life they may have lost.
Because they affect one’s outward appearance, skin conditions like psoriasis can affect a patient’s life far beyond the physical discomfort, and at DAA, we’re dedicated to giving our patients access to the most advanced treatments available and providing them with the medications and procedures that are best suited to their needs. If you think that you or your child may have psoriasis, contact us to schedule a consultation today.