Talking Treatment Goals & Managing Expectations

Discussing overall treatment goals with your phototherapy patients can help set realistic expectations and achievable results. Severity of disease, comorbidities, in-office treatment availability, distance from the office and insurance coverage are all important factors that you should discuss with your psoriasis, vitiligo and atopic dermatitis patients when considering phototherapy.  Once a clinical or home phototherapy […]

Think Small to Treat Big

We know you are always on the lookout for better ways to help your psoriasis patients.  Have you ever felt that phototherapy would be a good option but were concerned about treating the patient in a full-body phototherapy cabinet?  The answer may be targeted phototherapy. Targeted, hand-held Narrowband UVB devices are a valuable treatment option […]

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Phototherapy Treatments?

Many light therapy patients don’t realize that what they eat or the medicines they take can affect their sensitivity to UV light. Those treating with light therapy should educate themselves on these photosensitizers before they receive phototherapy treatments and help prevent themselves from seeing red. A photosensitizer is a substance that creates sensitivity to light […]

The Link Between Psoriasis & Suicide

Fortunately, although physicians in general are at a much greater risk of suicide than the general population, the dermatology specialty appears to have relatively low suicide rates.[i]  Unfortunately, this cannot be said for the patients seen by dermatologists.  Most chronic dermatoses have a strong correlation with mental health issues, in particular psoriasis. With respect to […]

August is Psoriasis Action Month!

Psoriasis is not contagious, but awareness and action are!  Every August the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) hosts #PsoriasisActionMonth, a campaign designed to empower the 8 million Americans living with the autoimmune disease to take action and take control, and this August is no different.  According to the NPF website, “the campaign is designed to help […]

Melissa’s Ezcema Story

My name is Melissa and I have been a nurse for 12 years.  This is the story of how phototherapy has helped me in my personal life as well as my career…   I was a nurse working in postpartum maternity in 2009, when I developed dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet.  I had spent […]

Vitiligo and Thyroid Disease: A Proactive Approach to Controlling Your Health

From time to time we like to share relevant articles written by our colleagues.  In honor of World Vitiligo Day, we are pleased to share this article, in its entirety, originally published in the Vitiligo Support International’s Summer 2016 newsletter. VSI has generously granted permission for the reprinting of this article.   Have you ever heard or […]

Patient Advocacy Group Spotlight: Vitiligo Support International

Vitiligo Support International (VSI) evolved from the frustrations of one person, Randy Salter.  After developing vitiligo in 1994, he was told by doctors that there were no treatments and that he should just be glad that he didn’t have cancer. At the time, the internet was in its infancy which made it very difficult to […]

Psoriasis and Alcohol-Related Mortality

It is common knowledge that patients with severe psoriasis have a pre-mature mortality rate compared to the general population, even those with less severe disease.  The origins have typically been unclear, but past studies have associated excess alcohol intake, mental disorders, and various types of cancers with the problem (1). A recent study, Alcohol-Related Mortality […]

Psoriasis and Diabetes, Possible Combination Therapies

One of the more well-known comorbidities commonly found in Psoriasis patients is Type II Diabetes, often as part of metabolic syndrome. There are several interesting therapies for each of the diseases that have the possibility of improving the other, including metformin and GLP-1 inhibitors. Metformin has a 70 year history of first-line use in the […]

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