Jeffrey W. Scales, MD
Location and Office HoursNorth Carolina Center for Dermatology
6216 Fayetteville Rd Ste 102
Durham, NC 27713
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How can acne spread to other areas?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAcne usually occurs on the face and neck, but it can spread to the shoulders, chest, and back. When acne flares, it causes inflammation, pain, and even scarring. Good daily skin care can help reduce the spread of acne lesions. Acne is caused by excess sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging your pores. To keep acne at bay, wash your skin twice a day with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to remove oil buildup. But don't overdo it. Washing too much or too hard can irritate your skin. Instead, gently massage cleanser on your skin with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) about ways to help prevent the spread of acne.
Should I talk to my doctor about my plaque psoriasis symptoms?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
You should talk to your doctor about your plaque psoriasis. If you are exhibiting symptoms of plaque psoriasis, schedule a visit so that a doctor may confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment. If you already have plaque psoriasis and your symptoms worsen, spread, or cause pain, visit a doctor so treatment can be adjusted. If you have a treatment plan and it does not seem to be working, talk to your doctor for advice or to arrange an appointment.
How are lasers used to treat plaque psoriasis?
Douglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the excimer laser for the treatment of chronic, psoriasis plaques. This laser gives off a high-intensity ray of ultraviolet light B (UVB). the laser beams target certain areas of skin affected by mild or moderate psoriasis. It may take from 4 to 10 sessions using the excimer laser to see any results.
Experts recommend two treatments each week with two days between each session. Another treatment for psoriasis plaques is the pulsed dye laser, which is approved also. Using this pulsed dye laser, the tiny blood vessels that add to the forming of psoriasis lesions are destroyed. You may have this treatment in 15 to 30 minute sessions every three weeks. It may take from 4 to 6 session to clear up the psoriasis lesion.
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