Treating scalp psoriasis near Ijamsville, MD tailored to this area of the body
Dr. Prussick and the team at Washington Dermatology Center have a strong commitment to treating the individual affected by psoriasis. In addition to being a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Ronald Prussick is also a physician with direct training in the area of psoriasis care. Under the mentorship of psoriasis pioneer Dr. Ricky Schachter, Dr. Prussick treated thousands of cases very early in his career. Coupled with the study of immunology at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Prussick’s direct experience in psoriasis makes him one of the best resources in Maryland.
Treating psoriasis takes a great deal of consideration of the various factors involved. At the heart of treatment is the wellbeing of the patient we are treating. During a consultation visit, we listen carefully to learn what is most concerning to you before conducting a health history and thorough examination of the skin. When planning treatment, we pay mind to the area of the body being treated. For instance, the scalp is not always treated with topical psoriasis cream. We believe our patients from the Ijamsville, MD area deserve to feel confident in their appearance while we treat problematic spots on the skin in a discreet manner.
Phototherapy and psoriasis
One of the popular treatment options for the management of psoriasis is phototherapy. This type of treatment, performed in our office, directs light to affected skin. Phototherapy is far different than simply sitting in the sunshine or visiting a tanning bed. In our office, psoriasis is treated with narrow-band UVB light.
Narrow-band UVB rays are contained in natural sunlight. It is in this wavelength where the most benefit is to be had. Many experts agree that, due to the focus of beneficial rays, narrow-band UVB phototherapy is one of the best ways to treat chronic plaque psoriasis on any part of the body. The wavelength of NB-UVB is intense and yet gentle enough to produce results without an increased risk of skin cancer. There are no side effects from treatment, which is gentle enough for pregnant women and children.
The scalp is a specific area in which psoriasis can be a challenge in terms of treatment. Messy creams are not suitable for this part of the body, and biologics that act on the body’s immune system may not be necessary. At Washington Dermatology Center, phototherapy with narrow-band UVB light may be ideal to achieve optimal results.
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