Psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by red, irritated patches of skin, occurs when skin cells produce at least ten times faster than normal and leave an abundance of cells on the surface of the skin. As more and more cells build up, this becomes unsightly and extremely uncomfortable. Over time, the red, irritated skin patches are covered with white scales. Plaque psoriasis, characterized by red, irritated, itchy and extremely painful skin, can progress to the point where the skin cracks and bleeds, if left untreated. Dr. Weinman uses a non-biologic treatment known as Otezla® for his patients diagnosed with psoriasis.
Skin affected by psoriasis, identified by the raised, red, irritated skin, tends to become white or scaly as the area becomes dry and chapped. The skin irritation leads to severe itching and pain. The general area may feel discomfort, and as the condition progresses, the area may crack and bleed. Patches of scale-covered plaques begin to appear anywhere on the body, including possibly the scalp, fingernails, and toenails, where pitting and discoloration are common. Dr. Weinman prescribes Otezla, a non-biologic treatment, to help control the symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis responds to several treatments even though there’s no known cure. Topical ointments relieve the itching and irritation, while non-biologic medications like Otezla improve the skin's tone and help to control psoriatic outbreaks. Light therapy also proves to effectively treat psoriasis. The severity and location of the psoriasis help Dr. Weinman determine what treatment option is best for each patient. If you’re suffering from psoriasis, call or schedule an appointment online at South Florida Dermatology. Dr. Weinman’s patient-centered approach and extensive experience and background ensure that patients receive the treatment that’s right for them.
The Xtrac light treatment, is the only FDA-cleared excimer laser clinically proven to slow and reverse the growth of psoriatic cells so you can LIVE Clear and Live Free. It manages its symptoms and clear its visible signs. Effective in treating thick, scaled plaques on the knees and elbows, which are often resistant to any conventional treatment.
Xtrac has none of the drawbacks often associated with other psoriasis treatments – such as premature aging of healthy skin, skin thinning, resistance to medication, or potential negative systemic side effects. Some patients, however, experience a reaction similar to sunburn or blistering at the site of the treated area and in some cases, an increase in pigmentation may occur.