You don’t have to live with the painful, embarrassing lesions of psoriasis. In Chapel Hill at Central Dermatology Center, we effectively treat psoriasis with a combination of therapies, including the FDA-approved XTRAC® excimer laser system that targets lesions without damaging healthy skin. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that in its most common form appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells. Among the other five forms of psoriasis are pustular psoriasis and scalp psoriasis.
Patients whose psoriasis involves large areas of skin may have a higher risk of heart disease. We often work with primary care providers to take a comprehensive approach to health risks related to psoriasis. Some patients may experience arthritis or joint swelling due to psoriasis.
Safe, effective treatments for psoriasis are available. Please request an appointment online. Or call us at (919) 401-1994 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations including Chapel Hill, Sanford, Cary, and Galloway Ridge. (The XTRAC laser is only available in Chapel Hill.)
XTRAC Excimer Laser
Sunlight is the most basic treatment for psoriasis, but light therapy now includes much more than sunbathing. Until recently, conventional phototherapy treatment involved walk-in booths in which ultraviolet beams effectively destroyed immune cells that lead to psoriasis. But even patients whose lesions were confined to one area – an elbow, for example – had their whole body subjected to the ultraviolet rays. The excimer laser changes that. Since the laser focuses light on specific areas, it allows us to aggressively treat lesions with higher doses of ultraviolet rays. Other benefits include:
- Treatments are shorter.
- Healthy skin is protected from direct UV light exposure.
- Daily treatments are unnecessary, unlike topical creams.