Florida Skin Center has been successfully treating psoriasis patients in the area for the last eight years. Dr. Badia and her team not only offers a variety of treatments for psoriasis, but is also the only practice in the county to offer narrowband UVB light treatments for psoriasis patients of all ages, including children. At Florida Skin Center, patients in the areas of Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, and Punta Gorda can all enjoy the advantages of this treatment at our Fort Myers office.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause silver scaly plaques to form on the skin, nails, and scalp. It affects 2 percent of the population. Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, this skin condition can be controlled with a combination of medications and light therapy.
Our goal at Florida Skin Center is to offer our patients the most advanced treatments in psoriasis. We believe that everyone has unique skin needs and Dr. Badia and her staff will help customize a treatment plan that will benefit you.
What are the Treatment Options for Psoriasis?
- Topical Treatments: We offer a combination of topical prescriptions creams including topical steroids, Dovonex, and Oxsoralen.
- Oral Medications: For patients with severe psoriasis or those who have not responded to other treatments Dr. Badia does prescribe Soriatane, Cyclosporine, and Methotrexate.
- Biologics: We offer our patients a wide variety of injectable treatments for psoriasis including Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade.
- Narrowband UVB Therapy: We offer our patients convenient lightbox therapy including separate lightboxes for the body, hands, feet, and a hand piece for the scalp and stubborn patches. Our lightboxes are safe for children as well as adults.
What is the Excimer Laser?
The excimer laser uses narrowband UVB light to treat vitiligo, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis or eczema. It delivers targeted high dose therapeutic light right on the affected tissues while protecting healthy skin. This ensures the laser can deliver a high dose of treatment for longer remission and faster clearing than any alternative service.
What is the Excimer Laser Used For?
This laser treatment is great for treating stubborn psoriasis plaques on the elbows and knees. It is also a great treatment option for eczema or psoriasis of the face and scalp. It is very effective for vitiligo patches on the arms, legs, and face, especially around the eyes. This treatment can be done in conjunction with the light box treatments. However, one area cannot be treated by both the lightbox and the laser on the same day.
How Many Excimer Treatments Will I Need?
Each patient and condition varies in the number of treatments necessary and the time it will take to reach clearance. Most patients will initially require two treatments each week to clear their lesions. It may take 12-15 treatments to improve psoriasis or eczema. Vitiligo generally takes a little longer and may require 15-30 treatments. Most patients will maintain clearance for six months and will require touch up treatments as needed.
Treatments are generally done two times per week for several weeks. Improvement will be seen in most patients within six weeks, but can vary depending on the severity.
If you’re suffering from scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful, contact Florida Skin Center today. We are proud to offer this treatment at our Fort Myers office and serve those living in and around Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Punta Gorda, FL.