Laser Therapy for Psoriasis
Support and advice about laser therapy for psoriasis.
I had laser on my plaque P a few years ago and omg I almost went to the hospital that night I was in excruciating pain and the doc never gave me any pains Med's! :( :( never again :( it did work though for some but not all and the worst thing after a few months it all came back with a vengeance :( ... I wish I would of met Susan and John long ago ... this lifestyle change of eating healthier is making my P go from flaming red to pink so far.. plus feel way better and losing weight! Funny thing is just after a couple of weeks of limited sugar (almost none) all my fast food cravings are gone!!!!! I crave cucumbers, fish, some fruits but no carbs or sugar thank God! :)
Susan, everyone who knows me thinks of me as sparkly, happy and fun. I am usually a "look on the bright side" kind of girl. But I have never had Psoriasis before and it has gotten so bad and I am in pain all the time, it's exhausting. I went to see a new Dermatologist yesterday and I actually hoped I had Shingles or some other skin disorder, low and behold it is Psoriasis. He said "I am going to give you some injections, some cream and a referral for laser treatments". The nurse walked in with a handful of shots and I instantly felt faint. What are those for? "Oh, we are going to inject them in your inflamed spots". I could only handle a couple, it was very painful. I told them if it works, then I will try some more. So yet again another prescription and a referral for laser treatments (anyone tried that?). Last night I was trying to file papers and I pushed down on the hole punch and my palm cracked open and was bleeding and so I was wallowing in a little pity party for a minute. My girlfriend said "I will pray for you" and I suddenly felt ridiculously selfish, it's a skin disorder, that's all, there are people who need those prayers much more than I do. Nothing feels better than helping a homeless pet, so I completed the adoption papers to add another Chihuahua to our already pack of two beautiful little rescue Chihuahuas.
I just went to my third dermatologist. The first one said I had eczema and was giving me steroid shots and a topical. My arms started bruising so bad so I stopped the shots. I then decided I would go to a different dermatologist and see what they say. Now this one said I have psoriasis. So she gave me a topical and was doing laser treatments on my palms of my hands and my feet. The brochure said that I should be just about cleared up by my eighth treatment. Well I went for 11 treatments and not one thing was better. So now I go to the third one last week. She asked me if I ever been biopsied to see whether I have eczema or psoriasis. She thought it looked like eczema but you said we needed to be positive. Then she proceeds to tell me how when you're using a topical's you need to be on them for three weeks and off a week. The other two doctors never mentioned that to me and now from the steroid shots I have gone into osteopenia. These doctors I don't even know what to believe anymore they scare the hell out of me. So I go back in two weeks and it will be interesting to see what do I have eczema or psoriasis and what kind of a treatment the new doctor decides to do. Good luck to all of us.
My dermatologist actually did the laser treatments in her office. They use a small wand to "pulse" super UVA or UVB (which ever one it the good one). They have many patients that have gone into "remission" but it does come back as there is no cure, just remission. But any relief is fantastic. It just didn't work on mine. Wish you well and pray it works for you. :)
Laser therapy is another type of phototherapy so there is need to watch the amount of lighting you getting. Otherwise, there is some risk of skin cancer. A laser is used only on parts of your body which are affected by psoriasis so it's less damaging than phototherapy. But you don't have to worry about skin cancer from phototherapy if the treatment is under medical supervision.
Another side effect is a bonus effect. This laser is used also for growing hair. So I got plenty new hair started growing :o)
My scalp was full of psoriasis for last 15 years and laser is the only treatment which makes me completely free of it... at least for some time, before it starts to come back again.
Sign in to view all responses
Why do I need to sign in?
One of the many treatment options for psoriasis include laser therapy. The laser therapy can target select areas of the skin affected by mild to moderate psoriasis. But how do laser treatments for psoriasis work? Ask questions or share your experience with the community about treating your psoriasis with laser therapy.