Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder affecting around 2-3% of the American population1.
This chronic condition can cause red, scaly patches of skin, which can be itchy and uncomfortable 2. Severe cases can lead to painful and disfiguring lesions that cause emotional distress. There are several types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis3. Each type has its unique symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. In addition, about 30% of people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis, which affects the joints and can cause chronic pain and swelling4. While the exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, it is believed to be triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as certain medications, infections like strep throat, and stress5.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are several effective treatment options available. Topical treatments such as corticosteroids, coal-tar, salicylic acid, and retinoids can help to reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of the skin6. Phototherapy, or ultraviolet light exposure, can also be effective in treating psoriasis7. For more severe cases, systemic treatments such as biologics, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and acitretin may be prescribed8.
For over 25 years, narrowband phototherapy has been one of the safest and most effective treatments available for psoriasis 9. It is recommended by several leading organizations such as the American Dermatology Association and National Psoriasis Foundation. Zerigo Health’s UVB Smart Light Therapy10 is the next generation of phototherapy, offering a handheld device and personal coaching at no cost when offered through an employer or sponsoring health plan11.
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To develop an effective treatment plan, individuals with psoriasis symptoms need to work closely with a dermatologist or other healthcare professional. Accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with psoriasis12.
1National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). About Psoriasis. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis. 2American Academy of Dermatology Association. (n.d.). Psoriasis: Overview. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/what/overview. 3National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Types of Psoriasis. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/types. 4American College of Rheumatology. (2020, June). Psoriatic Arthritis. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Psoriatic-Arthritis. 5National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Causes and Triggers. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/causes/. 6National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2021, June). Psoriasis. Retrieved November. 72021, from https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/psoriasis/advanced#tab-treatment. 7American Academy of Dermatology Association. (n.d.). Psoriasis and Light Therapy. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/phototherapy. 8National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2021, June). Psoriasis. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/psoriasis/advanced#tab-treatment. 9Joint American Academy of Dermatology: National Psoriasis Foundation guidelines of care for the management and treatment of psoriasis with phototherapy. 10The Zerigo Health Phototherapy System is an Ultraviolet Light Emitting Medical Device. It is intended for use in localized phototherapeutic treatment of dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, and leukoderma on all skin types (I-VI). 11The Zerigo Health Solution may be provided as a value-added benefit by your pharmacy or employer health plan. A copay or co-insurance may be required when you see a physician to request a prescription for phototherapy treatment. 12National Psoriasis Foundation. (n.d.). Managing Your Psoriasis. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.psoriasis.org/life-with-psoriasis/