Psoriasis Treatment and Rosacea Treatment in Tucson, AZ
Eliminate Uncomfortable Symptoms with Noninvasive Treatment Options
Inflammation, redness, and scaling using medication or lasers.
Patients suffering from rosacea and psoriasis endure a number of uncomfortable symptoms including inflammation, redness, pimples, and scaling. And though neither condition is currently curable, there are a number of effective and noninvasive treatment options. Rosacea treatment in Tucson typically involves topical medications, oral prescriptions, or laser therapy.
Similarly, psoriasis treatment often involves multiple approaches based on the patient's individual needs, including topical medications, oral medications, injections, and light therapy. While the lack of a permanent cure may be frustrating for some patients, many of the treatments provided by dermatologists can achieve disease remission.
Rosacea Treatment in Tucson
Although there is no cure for rosacea, rosacea treatment can effectively address the symptoms, thereby increasing a patient's overall quality of life. There are several approaches to rosacea treatment, and the dermatologist might recommend a multi-pronged approach depending on the specific symptoms a patient is experiencing.
Rosacea treatment options include prescription medications, including topical gels intended to reduce redness and oral antibiotics that help control inflammation. The amount of time required before these rosacea treatments take effect depends largely on the type of medication, but most patients see improvement in a matter of weeks. Because rosacea is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease, most rosacea medications are designed to be continued for extended periods of time. Pulsed dye laser therapy is also often helpful at reducing redness.
While the cost of treatment varies depending on the type of medication or therapy, most insurance companies do cover all or a percentage of prescription medications used in rosacea treatment. Laser therapy is considered a cosmetic treatment, but the cost is generally considered reasonable.
Psoriasis Treatment in Tucson
There are a number of effective psoriasis treatment options to help minimize symptoms that occur during flare-ups. Topical treatments are among the least invasive and least expensive, and are therefore very popular psoriasis treatment options. The most commonly prescribed topical medications include topical steroids (cortisones) to help with inflammation, and Vitamin D preparations and retinoids containing Vitamin A derivatives to reduce scaling. Each topical treatment comes with potential side effects, and our dermatologists work with each patient to find the right treatment for the patient.
Ultraviolet light therapy can be an immensely beneficial form of psoriasis treatment. The easiest way to deliver the helpful wavelength of light is via excimer (Extrac) laser. Treatments are safe and are performed twice a week until the psoriasis clears. It is a better choice for focal areas of psoriasis rather than for diffuse eruptions. The National Psoriasis Foundation encourages patients interested in light therapy to seek treatment under a trained and licensed medical professional as tanning beds and unsupervised exposure to certain types of light can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
While safe topical treatments and light therapy are typically the first line of defense in psoriasis treatment, many patients benefit from oral medications such as methotrexate or 6-thioguanine, or newer injectable medications (known as biologic therapies). These include Enbrel®, Humira®, Stelara®, and the newest option, Taltz®. Due to the fact that these systemic medications may produce side effects, a thorough examination and discussion with one of our dermatologists is required in order to choose the best approach for each individual.