Psoriasis is a chronic, scaly rash, often affecting the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, and feet. Psoriasis may be unsightly and uncomfortable. It is not uncommon for people with psoriasis to develop associated arthritis (psoriatic arthritis). The dermatologists at Puyallup Dermatology Clinic treat many patients with psoriasis ranging from mild to severe. They will use the safest, most effective therapy available to control your psoriasis.
Common therapies include a variety of potent topical creams and ointments, phototherapy with narrow band UVB (ultraviolet light B), systemic agents such as methotrexate, and the new biologic agents Enbrel, Humira, and Stelara. Phototherapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light that have been shown to be very effective in the treatment of psoriasis. This light occurs naturally as a component of sunlight and is called ultraviolet light.Puyallup Dermatology provides the most modern method of phototherapy, using narrow band ultraviolet wavelength B (UVB-NB). UVB-NB has been shown to be the optimal part of the UV light spectrum which slows growth of psoriasis lesions. For psoriasis, ultraviolet phototherapy treatments are taken 2 to 3 times per week, beginning with treatments a few seconds long, and increasing to several minutes over time. Once clearing is achieved, your dermatologist will determine whether you will require regular maintenance phototherapy, or whether your remission needs only periodic checkups.
Our dermatologists also use biologic agents to treat the most severe and resistant forms of psoriasis. These effective therapies are given as injections at home or in our office.
If you have psoriasis, call and make an appointment today to start on the path to markedly improved control of this chronic disorder.