August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

An inflammatory disease of the skin that affects about about 7.5 million Americans, psoriasis is a chronic condition that does not currently have a cure.

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There are many different types of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, all of which have symptoms that can range in severity from mild to severe.

The disease occurs equally among men and women, and is most common in Caucasians.

 

 

 

What does psoriasis look like?

Psoriasis appears as thick, scaly patches of skin that are typically red in color and bumpy in texture. It is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back, but can occur anywhere on the body.

What triggers psoriasis?

There are a wide range of triggers that can prompt psoriasis flare ups, including:

  • Stress
  • Weather
  • Dry skin
  • Smoking
  • Upper-respiratory infections
  • Particular medications
How can psoriasis be treated?

There are a variety of different treatment options available depending on your particular symptoms, including topical creams, shampoos and XTRAC.

All About XTRAC Psoriasis Treatment

One of our most popular psoriasis treatment options, XTRAC is a laser treatment that is likely to send psoriasis into prolonged remission.

XTRAC is different from traditional UVB lamp therapy, which does not is not effective against all types of psoriasis (scalp psoriasis in particular).

Different than traditional UVB therapy methods, XTRAC  produces a targeted beam of therapeutic UVB light to the areas of the skin affected by psoriasis.

A treatment that can often be performed in less than 15 minutes, XTRAC:

  • Clears symptoms of psoriasis
  • Prolongs the remission period between psoriasis flare ups
  • Quickly returns skin to a clinically healthy state

To learn more about XTRAC and the other psoriasis treatments we offer at Western New York Dermatology, please contact us today!