PSORIASIS

Psoriasis

Psoriasis Narrow Band UVB Phototherapy

Dr. Miller offers a narrow-band UVB phototherapy unit in her office for psoriasis patients who benefit from this type of therapy. 

The following is reprinted from the web site of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). This site is an excellent source of information about psoriasis and the types of treatments that can help those who suffer from the condition.
Several studies indicate that narrow-band UVB clears psoriasis faster and produces longer remissions than broad-band UVB. Narrow-band UVB may be effective with fewer treatments per week than broad-band UVB. Narrow-band UVB is also emerging as an alternative to PUVA, the light-sensitizing medication psoralen plus exposure to ultraviolet light A. Although not as effective as PUVA, narrow-band UVB is easier for people to undergo and may be safer over the long term. 

The use of narrow-band UVB may increase as doctors and patients learn more about its effectiveness and safety and as the equipment becomes less expensive.

Biologics

Here are two FDA-approved systemic medications that Dr. Miller has used successfully in treating some of her patients that suffer from psoriasis. These drugs are given by injection.
  • Amevive - Amevive (alefacept) works by blocking the activation of certain T-cells. Patients take Amevive injections in a doctor's office every week for twelve weeks.
  • Enbrel - Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic medication approved for the treatment of psoriasis. It works by blocking a chemical messenger that causes inflammation. Patients take Enbrel at home by giving themselves an injection under the skin. Enbrel is designed to be taken continuously to maintain improvement.
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