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Who shouldn't have laser treatments for psoriasis?

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Avoid laser treatments if you have:

  • Lupus or scleroderma
  • 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

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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