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What are the side effects of laser treatment for psoriasis?

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Laser therapy is generally safe, but some people have reported side effects after treatment, including:

Researchers need more information to determine whether exposure to UVB light from the excimer laser might increase the long-term risk for skin cancer.

  • Temporary redness, itching, burning, and stinging
  • Blistering
  • Purple-colored spots (purpura) on the skin
  • Darkening or lightening of the skin (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation)
  • Scarring

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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