Psoriasis is a pesky skin condition that causes skin redness
and itching, and despite the fact that more than 7.5 million Americans suffer
from the condition we’re still searching for a definitive cause—and a cure. At
this time, most dermatologists and researchers believe psoriasis is a form of
autoimmune reaction, and there seems to be a genetic component. Regardless, most
of today’s psoriasis treatments focus on alleviating the itching and redness,
but there’s a relatively new option that I’m pretty excited about.
Most dermatologists suggest over-the-counter and
prescription topical and oral medications that soothe the itching associated
with psoriasis’ dry patches, but studies have shown that light therapy is
effective as well. The good news is you don’t have to trek to the
dermatologist’s office for weekly treatments when you have a unique at-home
device called Levia. This self-treatment
uses UVB light to control itching and redness on the scalp and elsewhere on the
The main advantage of Levia treatment is that it improves
scaly patches without drugs, and you can treat problem spots in the comfort of
your own home. In fact, 93 percent of patients with hard-to-treat psoriasis on
their scalps showed definitive clinical improvement.
Although this device treats psoriasis at home, you still
have to go through your dermatologist (or treating physician) for a
prescription. Your doctor will indicate the treatment dose that’s best for your
psoriasis, and then the device is sent directly to you. To learn more, talk to
your dermatologist, or visit MyLevia.com.