Psoriasis can be a difficult skin condition to treat, and even harder to just cope with. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease which commonly appears as red and white flaking patches on the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin. Skin cells grow in cycles with the immune system sending out signals to stimulate the next round. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out defective signals, messing up the skin cells’ growth patterns. Despite the disease’s recurring nature, psoriasis is not contagious.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta sees patients daily who have suffered with psoriasis and tried every over-the-counter treatment possible at their Psoriasis Treatment Center. Treating psoriasis is tricky, but fortunately the dermatologists at DAA have discovered that specialized laser treatments, along with other treatments (like Short Contact Anthralin Therapy, special localized therapy, etc.) can help make psoriasis go away.
The Psoriasis Treatment Center stays on the cutting edge of new treatments and technology like their PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser which targets affected areas with a concentrated UV light. Because PHAROS targets psoriasis plaques, our patients can be confident that this treatment will leave the healthy surrounding skin intact. Even “hard-to-treat” areas like the hands, knees, feet, elbows, and scalp are easily treated with PHAROS. Multiple treatments are necessary for complete reduction with most patients going into remission after ten or fewer sessions. These quick, pain-free sessions last only a few minutes and are administered twice a week for four to six weeks. Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis. Our patients usually stay in remission for several months after a complete PHAROS treatment cycle.
DAA’s Psoriasis Treatment Center also offers other laser treatments, along with supplementary treatment methods like special localized therapy for bothersome areas such as the palms, soles, scalp, and nails. DAA’s physicians understand the frustration of living with psoriasis, and go great lengths to provide a comfortable setting with flexible scheduling. For more information about psoriasis or other skin conditions treated at DAA, visit our website and follow the link to our specialty centers. If you suffer from psoriasis, or know someone who does, contact us for more information about our center. Also, continue to read the blog for more dermatology and cosmetic news and specials.