Excimer Laser Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis

 

Excimer Laser Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis

 

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.

Treatment with the excimer laser is safe and effective for both children and adults, including pregnant women. Like other types of phototherapy, treatment is two to three times per week until lesions clear. Our patients typically experience improvement by 10-15 treatments, with significant improvement noted by 20 treatments. Treatment time is quick, about 15 minutes. Less time than it takes many to get a haircut!

Thanks to the excimer laser, patients can experience long periods of scalp psoriasis remission between flares. The American Academy of Dermatology reports an average remission time of 3.5 to 6 months.

If you’re struggling with scalp psoriasis, ask your dermatologist or give us a call to find out if the excimer laser is right for you. Side effects of treatment may include less flaking and the return of your favorite black shirt.

Natural Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to thick, red or white patches covered with silvery scales. When it occurs on the scalp, it is referred to as scalp psoriasis. While there is no definitive cure for psoriasis, there are several natural treatments that can help manage its symptoms and provide relief. In this blog, we will explore some effective natural remedies to soothe and care for your scalp when dealing with psoriasis.

It’s important to note that these scalp psoriasis treatments may work differently for each individual, so it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss the best option for you. The following are natural remedies that have been found beneficial for scalp psoriasis treatment:

  1. Coconut or mineral oil: Applying these oils can help moisturize scalp psoriasis, thereby reducing itch and softening scales. Gently massage the oil into the scalp, leave it on for a few hours or overnight, and then wash it off with a mild shampoo.

  2. Aloe vera: The gel extracted from the aloe vera plant has soothing properties and can help reduce inflammation. Apply pure aloe vera gel directly to scalp psoriasis and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off.

  3. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used as a natural treatment for scalp psoriasis. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil) and gently massage it into the scalp. Leave it on for a short period before rinsing it off.

  4. Dead Sea salt or Epsom salt baths: Soaking in a warm bath with Dead Sea salt or Epsom salt can help treat scalp psoriasis and reduce inflammation. Follow the instructions on the product for the correct amount to add to your bathwater and soak for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Stress management: Stress can exacerbate scalp psoriasis symptoms. Stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or hobbies can help manage stress levels and potentially improve scalp psoriasis symptoms.

While natural treatments for scalp psoriasis may provide relief to some, they may not work for everyone. For additional symptom control, natural treatments for scalp psoriasis can be used in combination with light therapy, or phototherapy.

The combination of using natural treatments and light therapy can provide a synergistic effect in managing scalp psoriasis, leading to less frustrating symptoms and an improved quality of life. Working with a healthcare professional to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your scalp psoriasis is essential for effective scalp psoriasis treatment.

What Patients Are Saying

“The professional, friendly staff has been great to work with. They are so accommodating to my schedule, and very flexible in fitting my treatment times into my busy schedule. It’s been a terrific partnership. I am so pleased with the results.”

Matthew, Los Angeles

“After years of suffering from psoriasis, constant trips to the dermatologist and many expensive creams, my psoriasis cleared, only to return with a vengeance later. Array’s cutting edge phototherapy treatment has made all the difference. It has provided relief that years of medication did not. I am so glad I made the call.”

Sherri, San Clemente
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