Psoriarsis laser treatment
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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by red, scaly skin and thickening of the epidermis. In normal skin, keratinocytes in the epidermis are renewed every 28-30 days; in a skin with Psoriasis this occurs every three or four days giving the appearance of a skin type known as yarrow, with several layers.
According to the researches, the nature of this disease is to be an immune disorder caused by inflammation of T cells and excessive reproduction of others.
There is a genetic predisposition which says that if the patient has a parent with psoriasis the chance of inheriting the disease is one to four that is 25%, whereas if both parents have the disease is a possibility to two that is 50%. It is a common disease, to the extent that 2% of the population is affected.
Psoriasis reduces the quality of life, of work and financially of its sufferers. It has effects on the family, on the social life of the patient and his rest time; as well as his sexual, physical and emotional well-being. The daily care of a psoriatic patient is 68-89 minutes per day. Different types of treatments are used; including topical creams, drugs and phototherapy, or a combination of all of these. Cream therapy is usually ineffective and the patient is uncomfortable while applying these permanently. Drug treatment is the application of cyclosporine, methotrexate, and acitretin; and although effective, it has the following side effects: high liver toxicity, most patients require liver biopsies, and it is very costly.
Until now the most effective treatment has been the photo therapy that involves submitting the patient to ultraviolet A and B, and B narrow band, in which the patient has to radiate throughout his body in cabins exposed to these rays. Although it is effective in 80% of cases, treatments are too long as it takes approximately 30-40 sessions to control the boards and it has very short time for reference. (Rest periods of the disease’s manifestations).
Although phototherapy was the most effective treatment for psoriasis; adverse side effects such as premature aging and burning of healthy tissue, increasing the risk of skin cancer and melanoma. Moreover, the drugs used with UVA rays cause nausea and headaches.
New Technology: Laser Regenlite
Technology has sufficiently advanced in order to offer a solution to the needs of psoriatic patients,with a mild to moderate the spread of this disease (20% max coverage) through the laser regenlite. It offers many advantages, among which we highlight:
- Plaques of psoriasis are localized through the fiber optic system.
- Isolate the healthy surrounding tissue of the ultraviolet rays UVB, decreasing the risk of photo aging and cancer.
- It reduces the number of treatments because the laser requires, approximately, 6-10 sessions; although most require an average of 6 and there are patients who fail with 4 sessions to remove the plaques.
- Reduced number of treatments, given its ability to supply high doses, specifically, to the plaques.
The ideal patients for the treatment of psoriasis with laser are those who have 10 to 20% coverage in the body to submit cases of mild to moderate psoriasis and with stable plaques. The treatment is fast since the sessions are just from 5 to 10 minutes.
The treatment involves the application of laser plaques only. It requires approximately 2-3 sessions. It produces purple which is resolved within 7 to 10 days. Scientific studies show 6 out of 10 patients with partial improvement of lesions and 3 of 10 with total resolution, in 12 months. Some studies show patients free of injury for 3 years.