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Are excimer lasers used to treat psoriasis?

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Excimer lasers deliver ultraviolet light to localized areas of the skin. This treatment uses intense, focused doses of laser light to help control areas of mild to moderate psoriasis without harming healthy skin around them. Targeted laser therapy is as effective as traditional light therapy, but it works in fewer sessions with stronger doses of light that can reach deeper into the affected skin. Handheld laser wands can also reach psoriasis in hard-to-treat areas, such as the elbows, knees, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and scalp.

From: Laser Treatment for Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy." de Leeuw, J. , February 2006; vol 54: pp 266-271. News release, American Academy of Dermatology. Hruza G.J. , 2005; vol 4. Talbjee, S.M. , November 2005; vol 153: pp 960-966. Brubb B. , December 2008. Gerber, W. , December 2003; vol 149: pp 1250-1258. Trehan, M. , November 2002; vol 45: pp 701-708.







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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 29, 2019

SOURCES: National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy." de Leeuw, J. , February 2006; vol 54: pp 266-271. News release, American Academy of Dermatology. Hruza G.J. , 2005; vol 4. Talbjee, S.M. , November 2005; vol 153: pp 960-966. Brubb B. , December 2008. Gerber, W. , December 2003; vol 149: pp 1250-1258. Trehan, M. , November 2002; vol 45: pp 701-708.







Journal of the American Academy of DermatologyJournal WatchBritish Journal of DermatologyJournal of the American Academy of Physician AssistantsBritish Journal of DermatologyJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 29, 2019

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