Living with the often embarrassing symptoms of scalp psoriasis? We know the struggle is real. Scalp flaking and itching can range from a minor nuisance to having a substantial negative impact on quality of life. Studies have shown that people living with scalp psoriasis can have higher rates of depression due to stigmatization, embarrassment, and self-consciousness.
But there’s hope! In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the excimer laser for the treatment of psoriasis. The excimer laser uses a single band of ultraviolet B (UVB) light to penetrate psoriasis plaques and gently break them down. The wavelength produced by the laser, 308-nanometers, is the most effective in clearing psoriasis lesions.
The excimer laser is highly effective at treating scalp psoriasis due to its concentrated nature. It directly treats psoriasis lesions on the scalp, while sparing unaffected skin. It’s ideal for those who have only a few lesions, but it is also commonly used to treat the entire scalp. Array registered nurses part the hair systematically to expose and treat plaques. This process is repeated until all lesions are treated. The excimer laser can also be used for targeted treatment of other areas, such as the ears, knees and elbows.