Laser Treatment for Psoriasis
What You Should Know Before Starting Laser Treatment
Laser treatment for psoriasis can produce dramatic results in some people -- but this therapy isn't for everyone. To make sure you're a good candidate, have a complete health history and exam done before starting treatment.
Avoid laser treatments if you have:
- Sun sensitivity
- Xeroderma pigmentosum (an inherited disease that causes sensitivity to sunlight)
- Risks for, or a history of, skin cancer
- A condition that requires you to take medications that make you sensitive to the sun
- A weakened immune system
Are There Any Risks to Laser Treatments for Psoriasis?
Laser therapy is generally safe, but some people have reported side effects after treatment, including:
- Temporary redness, itching, burning, and stinging
- Purple-colored spots (purpura) on the skin
- Darkening or lightening of the skin (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation)
More research is needed to determine whether exposure to UVB light from the excimer laser might increase the long-term risk for skin cancer.