Causes of Psoriasis and Treatments


With over 3 million cases per year, Psoriasis is a skin condition that is proving to be problematic to many Americans. Psoriasis is the chronic condition in which skin cells grow so rapidly that they form itchy and dry scales. Unfortunately, Psoriasis can last last for several years and even for a lifetime even with the proper treatment. In fact, this disease cannot be cured with any available treatment. Nonetheless, if you are experiencing chronic episodes of Psoriasis, you will need to seek medical assistance from your dermatologist immediately.

In order to familiarize you with treatment and care procedures of Psoriasis, read on to learn what to do if you are experiencing Psoriasis.

What is the Cause of Psoriasis?

The root cause of Psoriasis has been intensively debated on for decades. Although psoriasis is labeled as an autoimmune disease, it remains to seen with undisputed medical proof of how environmental factors and immune system deficiencies such as infections and the common cold can contribute to Psoriasis.

Mind you, there is significant evidence that strep throat, skin infections, and severe sunburn are triggers to Psoriasis. Still, the cause of your Psoriasis can only be determined by your local dermatologist.

Are There Any Treatments?

There are several applicable treatments for psoriasis. The most common medical procedure is photodynamic therapy, which is the practice of photosensitizing a chemical substance in order to elicit the death of cells. Other medications include steroids, Vitamin A, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Can Treatment Reduce Psoriasis?

Yes. In most cases, treatment prescribed by your dermatologist can null most of the effects of aggressive psoriasis symptoms. You must be aware that psoriasis is a lifetime condition that has no cure. Effective treatment, however, can make your life much more comfortable with the disease.

What Is the XTRAC Laser?

XTRAC is the only FDA-cleared, clinically proven excimer laser that gets skin clear of psoriasis—and it works fast, with many patients seeing significant improvement and long-lasting remissions. Because XTRAC delivers a highly targeted, therapeutic beam of UVB light only to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, healthy skin surrounding the lesions stays that way.

XTRAC clears the symptoms, prolongs the remission and returns skin to a clinically healthy state in record time. All of which means XTRAC delivers consistently predictable results so patients experience more good days of living than bad.

Quick Facts

  • Effective treatment—symptoms reduced generally in 10-12 treatment sessions
  • Long-lasting relief—typically several months free of symptoms”
  • Simple, painless treatment—sessions are very short
  • Relief without messy creams and daily skin care regimen
  • Covered by most major insurance companies, available by Rx
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