Fight Fall Psoriasis Flare Ups

Kim Kardashian's on-air psoriasis saga helped get people talking about the widespread disease. About 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis and unfortunately, with the cooler seasons come more symptoms.

With less access to sunlight this time of year, it's common for psoriasis sufferers to see an increase in flare-ups. Exposure to ultraviolet light is a major factor in clearing psoriasis symptoms. Psoriasis patients can receive the right amount of UV light during dark winter days with FDA-cleared Xtrac Excimer Laser treatments, says Tampa dermatologist James Spencer, MD.

These treatments target just the affected areas with light, providing substantial relief. According to PhotoMedex, the companies behind the Xtrac Excimer Laser, depending on each patient's case, procedures usually require only about five minutes each and noticeable results are generally seen after around four treatments.

“The fall season is particularly challenging for psoriasis sufferers who are not receiving the same amount of sunlight that tends to ease psoriasis flare-ups in the spring and summer," says Dr. Spencer. "During the colder months the air can become drier, and thus dries out skin as well. The XTRAC laser provides that much needed dose of ultraviolet light to patients while also offering safe, effective and lasting results."

How do you control your psoriasis? Would you consider this treatment?

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