This is Dr. Lin Is In Linking Science With Nature Hi I’m Mark Alyn along with Dr. Michael Lin and today we’re gonna talk about treatments for white spots and psoriasis. Let’s talk about psoriasis first that’s where you get really ugly patchy skin on elbows, feet, hands Right yeah, actually psoriasis has a lot of different presentations but that’s the most common where people get red scaly plaques on the elbows, knees or scalp. Oh on the scalp too And it’s one it’s it’s not it’s not pretty is it dangerous can it be become something.
Worse Well they’ve done some recent research into it and it seems like people with psoriasis are actually at increased risk for other medical problems including heart disease and cancer. Oh wow. So you gotta get rid of it you wanna get rid of it So you want to treat your psoriasis. Uh I understand that psoriasis also can be emotional, uh that people you know they get very stressed out the psoriasis has an outbreak Yes psoriasis has been linked to depression and even suicide, people that you know have psoriasis some of them feel hopeless and they.
Just don’t even know what to do. There are a lot of products that are being sold over the counter as psoriasis treatments but my understanding is that many of them don’t work Yes um most treatments you need at least a prescription strength medication such as a steroid or a Vitamin D ointment but right now we’re living in a great time for psoriasis cause there is a lot of new treatments out there um these include the excimer laser treatment, narrow band UVB, and then there is a whole class of medications called the biologics.
Psoriasis And White Spots
These are products like Enbril, Humira, or Stelara and these have fantastic results in generalized psoriasis. Let’s take a look at the laser for right now how does that work Well the excimer laser has a high intensity narrow band in fact it’s only one band of wavelength and it’s a 308 nm wavelength, it’s extremely effective in treating psoriasis. And they you you apply the laser beam Right yeah you use the laser beam and it looks kind of like a wand you hold in your hand and you apply it right on the psoriasis plaques. So.
You touch the skin Yes yes. Ok. And then within two weeks you can see significant improvement maybe even elimination of the psoriasis plaques. Do you have to go back for additional treatments Well after you do your two week course then sometimes you get remission which may last many months to maybe even a year. Wow well that seems like a great great thing. It’s a fantastic treatment. And what about the biologics that you mentioned So the biologics are a new class of medication and they’re injected under the skin so these attack the.
Immune function of the body so right now with psoriasis people have a hyper immunity so they’re attacking their own body, now by using the biologics we’re counteracting that hyper immunity and calming it down. Wow, it’s amazing as we’ve said the technology that exists today in healthcare is truly amazing. That’s correct. And works the same way on the white spots you were talking about Yes in the condition of Vitiligo where people will have white spots on their body we also use the excimer laser, in fact it’s the only treatment that we’ve.
Had for a while that actually works well on Vitiligo. It does take several treatments maybe up to 30, but it’s the only thing that’s able to restore the pigment that’s been lost. Wow the technology that is available today for healthcare is absolutely amazing. It is amazing. We’ve been spending some time with Dr. Michael Lin and of course this is Dr. Lin Is In Linking Science With Nature if you want information about these treatments you can always reach out to Dr. Lin and his website all you have to do is go to drmichaellin,.