For Psoriasis, Laser Treatment Looks Promising
But due to the risk of cancer, this approach is only used when symptoms
aren't controlled with steroid skin creams. "For moderate to severe cases,
several months of phototherapy is often needed to resolve symptoms, even with
two treatments a week," adds Brody.
At present, most health plans cover phototherapy and few, if any, cover
laser treatment. But its potential to eliminate 25 or more office visits with
every outbreak, while reducing the risk of cancer, may cause the managed care
industry to take notice of this effective new treatment.
The study was supported in part by Laser Phototonics Inc. of San Diego.
- A recent study showed that a laser beam of ultraviolet light can clear
psoriasis patches in a single treatment with a fairly long remission, but
blistering was common.
- Unlike traditional phototherapy, laser treatments spare surrounding healthy
tissue from unnecessary radiation exposure, reducing the risk of cancer and
- Several months of phototherapy is often needed to clear moderate to severe
recurrences, but treatments are usually covered by health insurance.