• The New XTRAC Laser – When You Live Clear You Live Free

    by Kristen Richardson, PA-C
    on Sep 6th, 2017

    Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center now offers the XTRAC excimer laser at our Hattiesburg location. XTRAC is FDA approved for a variety of diseases including psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and cutaneous lymphoma. We at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center are most excited about the opportunity to improve the therapies we offer for psoriasis patients in our area! Did you know that of all the autoimmune diseases, psoriasis is the most prevalent? Nearly 7.5 million Americans are affected by this disease, and many of these individuals struggle to find a therapy solution that they are satisfied with. For individuals in the Hattiesburg and Laurel area, know that you no longer must suffer or be dissatisfied with your treatments.

                Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease with no known cure, but it can be put into prolonged remission with treatments that manage its symptoms and clear its visible signs. One of the most effective treatments available is the XTRAC light treatment, the only FDA cleared excimer laser clinically proven to slow the growth of psoriatic cells. Psoriasis patients may be familiar with other conventional light therapies and may have had little success, and they may wonder what the difference is between the conventional light therapies and the XTRAC laser. What makes this new product more effective is the fact that it is a concentrated therapeutic beam of UVB light that specifically targets areas of the skin affected by psoriasis (or atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, and cutaneous lymphoma) without harming the surrounding skin so you can live free and live clear. Previous blogs of ours have discussed at great length the complexities of psoriasis and how the body’s white blood cells cause new skin cells to accumulate at the skin’s surface. Below is a brief overview of the different types of psoriasis one can be diagnosed with, all which XTRAC can effectively treat:

  1. Plaque: most common type of psoriasis, affecting nearly 80% of all those who have psoriasis. Can surface on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.
  2. Guttate: emerges in childhood or young adulthood and can appear as small, red, individual spots. These often will appear on the torso, arms, and legs. In some cases guttate psoriasis can clear up on its own.
  3. Inverse: these lesions that appear are smooth and shiny and appear in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, the buttocks, or other areas where there are skin folds.
  4. Pustular: this type of psoriasis appears only in adults and can appear as white blisters surrounded by red skin. It can be localized (such as only on the hands or feet) or generalized (affecting greater areas of the body).
  5. Erythrodermic: this type of psoriasis is an inflammatory form of the disease that is widespread, fiery, and periodic. This type of psoriasis can affect all areas of the body surface.
  6. Scalp Psoriasis: another very common type of psoriasis. While it is true that patients who have scalp psoriasis generally have psoriasis in other parts of the body; In some patients, the scalp is the only area affected by the disease. Scalp patients should take interest in the new XTRAC laser. Conventional UVB lamp therapies tend to not be very effective against scalp psoriasis patients. However, because XTRAC is a much more concentrated beam of UVB light it is one of the more effective treatments available for scalp psoriasis. We have only offered the service for a couple of weeks and many of our scalp psoriasis patients began seeing improvement in their condition after the first few treatments.

    For some people, psoriasis is a nuisance. For others, it affects every aspect of life. Currently there is not cure for psoriasis, but advanced treatments- like XTRAC- make sending it into prolonged remission very possible, and highly probable. If you have psoriasis and you are not satisfied with your treatment plans, know that you are not alone in your frustration. Nearly 52% of psoriasis patients are dissatisfied with their therapies. That can be discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. The great thing about the XTRAC laser is that it can be used in conjunction with biologics, or it can be the sole therapy for certain patients. This is one of the reasons we at Pine Belt Dermatology are so excited to be able to offer this treatment option. Over a decade ago, the XTRAC laser became a breakthrough and a giant leap forward for psoriasis treatments available. XTRAC not only clears the psoriasis symptoms but also prolongs the remission of the disease and returns the skin to a clinically healthy state in record time. XTRAC delivers the most consistently predictable results of all the available therapies. This allows Pine Belt Dermatology to give psoriasis patients across southern Mississippi the gift of living clear and living free. Below is a list of FAQs regarding the new procedure. If you, or someone you know, has psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, or cutaneous lymphoma please give me or one of my associates a call so that we can get a consultation scheduled!

 

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Author Kristen Richardson, PA-C Pine Belt Dermatology Physician Assistant

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