Just Say “No” to Psoriasis Drugs
Why Laser Treatment Gets the Results without the Side Effects
Psoriasis can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can prevent you from wearing clothes you want to wear and from taking part in activities you enjoy.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to.
You don’t have to let psoriasis run your life or make your decisions for you, nor do you have to put up with the possibly dangerous and life-threatening side effects of prescription medications. There are psoriasis treatments that we can help with.
There are several options on the drug market when it comes to treating psoriasis. Your dermatologist may even recommend using one of them. While these medications can be effective and safe for some people, they also come with serious risks of side effects ranging from irritating to fatal.
Obviously, it’s possible that you could take one of these drugs and have no negative effects at all. But, you should make an informed decision based on knowledge of all of the possible of these medications.
First, medications like Stelara or Humira can impact your immune system, making it more difficult to fight off infections and increasing your chances of getting serious illnesses like Pneumonia and sinusitis. There is also a risk of developing cancer and tuberculosis while taking psoriasis medications – while the risk is rare, it’s still present.
More common side effects include respiratory infections, headaches and tiredness. It doesn’t seem fair that in order to fight one medical condition, you should have to take on another. Even if these drugs treat the symptoms, they may not be work the other complications that arise.
The many risks involved with psoriasis prescriptions should not leave you feeling hopeless – there are other options. Advanced laser technology can treat your psoriasis without the scary side effects.
Pulsed dye lasers work by delivering a concentrated burst of ultraviolet light to effected skin. The light (which is converted to heat when it touches the skin) targets the extra blood cells that cause psoriasis. Because the light is so focused, however, it doesn’t do any harm to unaffected skin around the problem areas.
Though it uses high-powered lasers, patients don’t experience pain during treatments. Most people experience nothing more than a tingling or warming feeling, but we use Candela’s cooling method to ensure that no discomfort it felt. Before each laser pulse, we spray a cooling mist onto skin, which protects skin and even minimizes reddening.
If you decide to go with this treatment option, you can expect to get short, 15-30 minute treatments every three weeks. You’ll probably begin noticing a lessening of psoriasis symptoms almost right away, but we recommend several treatments to have more lasting and complete results.
This treatment is so safe that it’s been used on babies since the 80s, to treat port wine stain birthmarks. Unlike with prescription medications, the only side effects are temporary and superficial. Some patients experience mild redness, swelling or bruising, all of which goes away within a couple of days.
With laser treatments, you can enjoy the lessening of psoriasis symptoms without constantly worrying about serious or minor side effects. Dealing with slightly reddened skin for a couple days after treatment is nothing compared to the possible risk of cancer or infections.
If you’re not sure if pulsed dye laser treatment is a good option for you, you can always come in for a consultation and see what your options are. Make the best decision for you, but find a way to free yourself from psoriasis symptoms sooner than later.