Psoriasis, also termed as Psoriasis Vulgaris, is a chronic relapsing/remitting immune-mediated skin disease. The patient experiences red scaly patches, papules, and plaques on the top layer of the skin, which are quite itchy. Highly prone areas are elbows and knees, but it can affect any area, including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, fingernails, toenails and genitals too.
The main cause for the development is when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, sends out faulty signals leading to the overproduction of new skin cells. Main triggers are oxidative stress, stress and withdrawal of a systemic corticosteroid. But it is not a contagious disease at all!
This kind of a chronic illness can give birth to certain complexes, insecurities, depression, frustration and isolation. So institution of early and effective treatment is a must.
The treatment aims
- To stop or slow the progression of the disease and,
- Rejuvenate your skin to its normal condition
Various treatments (Medical, Light based and Surgical) are available for Psoriasis, but most of these are extremely time-consuming and have other associated risks.
The UVB Laser at Aura Skin Institute provides psoriasis sufferers an alternative treatment option that requires no medicines or drugs, less number of treatment sessions and each session takes just few minutes.
The UVB handpiece uses high-power, spectral irradiance in the UVB and UVA wavebands to target and treat affected areas of the skin. First a patch test is done to assess the dose to be given so as to strictly avoid inducing a blister or second-degree burn. The treatment and dose given is considered effective when there is minimum erythema (redness) lasting for 24 hours.
UVB Laser is very effective treatment for a chronic illness like psoriasis and has many advantages:
- Reduces the need for topical and systemic therapy
- Reduces the number of sessions required to see results
- Healthy skin, surrounding the areas of psoriasis does not get exposed to laser beams, so no risk of injury to the healthy skin.
UVB Laser Treatment is appropriate for the patients with localised, refractory plaque psoriasis (who have thick, scaled plaques on knees, elbows; resistant to any conventional treatment).
The treatment consists of 1-2 sessions per week. The amount of UV radiation delivered is carefully calculated and monitored. Remission period depends upon the skin type, age, skin condition and other factors of the patient. Some patients have long remission periods after a single treatment. The average length of the treatment is of 7 weeks, approximately.
Side Effects of UVB Laser Treatment: The higher dose of the therapy might cause Blisters on the treated areas, Hyperpigmentation and Erosions (sores).
All this depends on the hands you rely upon. At Aura Skin Institute, we have fully trained and certified dermatologists and laser therapists and they also give you the needed instructions regarding self-care post treatment, so side effects are not a cause of concern.
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