Infrared Light Therapy for Psoriasis

 

Latest Light Therapy Equipment For Treating Psoriasis

Description
Image
Price
At Home
Warranty
Rx
Treats

Dermalight®-80

Dermalight80
$600
yes
1 year

Physician
Guided

Scalp,
Small
Spots

PH 36 Psoriasis Lamp with Table Top Stand
photon36
$299
yes
3 year
Physician
Guided

Localized
Small
Areas &
Patches

Panosol II™

Panasol11
$1,740
yes
3 year
Physician
Guided

Localized
Small
Areas &
Patches

Panosol 3D

panasol3D

Must
Call
for
Quote
with Rx

yes
3 Year
Required
Large
Body
Surface
Areas

Foldalite III

foldalite3
Must
Call
for
Quote
with Rx
yes
3 year
Required
Whole
Body

Rx applications may be covered by health insurance.

Success With Infrared Light Therapy for Psoriasis

 

Psoriasis is a complex disorder,a multigenic phenomenon in which certain infectious, pharmaceutical, and recreational (alcohol,cigarettes) agents may play an important role as triggers. In addition, patients commonly point out the role of stress in psoriatic flares.Dry skin appears to act similarly to other skin injuries in initiating Koebnerization. When initiating psoriasis therapy, psychosocial factors such as stress and alcohol use should be addressed as well as the other precipitating factors.

Light therapy treatments are generally performed 3 to 5 or more times weekly. They are extremely safe. There are some risks of causing phototoxicity, but the sunburn reactions of UVB typically are not severe. Chronic adverse effects include photoaging, so the face should not be treated if there is no psoriasis there. Skin cancer is another potential risk, but this risk must be small because the long-term studies of patients who received Goeckerman (UVB + tar) for years were unable to detect an increased risk. If a patient has already had skin cancer, alternative therapies should be considered, but even so, the risks of UVB are probably still small.

It is helpful to set a realistic goal of therapy when treating Psoriasis. Generally, a goal of complete clearance of psoriasis is not realistic; few afflicted with Psoriasis actually achieve prolonged clearance. The treatment goal should be to reduce the psoriasis to a manageable level, rather than what is in many cases unattainable, complete clearance.