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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. Studies indicate that psoriasis does not discriminate between males and females afflicting both at about the same rate.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches usually develop on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms or feet, but can show up on other parts of the body. Psoriasis is a chronic disease with no known cure but it can be put into prolonged remission with treatments that manage its symptoms and clear its visible signs.
Who gets Psoriasis?
It occurs mostly in adults but anyone can get psoriasis. The most common age range is from 15-35. There are certain genes that have been linked to the disease and it can be more common if there is a history of psoriasis in your family. One out of three people who develop Psoriasis has at least one family member who suffers as well.
What causes it?
Psoriasis is the result of an overactive immune system. In a process called cell turnover, skin cells that grow deep in the skin rise to the surface. Normally this process takes about a month; however, in people with psoriasis, it happens in just days because the cells rise too fast.
How is Psoriasis treated?
There are several methods used to treat Psoriasis including laser or photo therapy which can be used in combination with systemic therapy (prescription oral or injected drugs) as well as prescription topical creams. One the most common and effective treatments utilizes the XTRAC laser which can be used alone or in combination with medication and other treatments.
Can I be cured? How long does it take to treat?
There is no cure, but treatments can help with the symptoms. Each case is unique, however when using the XTRAC laser, the patient benefits from 2-3 treatments weekly for a period of 4-6 weeks. XTRAC can also be used to treat Vitiligo, however the length of treatment is typically much longer. Length of treatment for other therapies varies.
Do you have any doctors that have specific experience with Psoriasis?
Drs. Lee and Yu have extensive experience in treating psoriasis. Click HERE for their biographies.
Do you have the most up-to-date equipment to treat Psoriasis?
We have acquired the latest XTRAC Excimer Laser which is highly effective and suited for those tough to treat areas such as elbows, knees and hands, also areas stubborn to other therapies. Many physicians in the area refer their patients to us due to our extensive experience and advanced technology.