Millions of Americans suffer from psoriasis, a skin condition that causes irritation and redness, as well as pitting of the nails.
Psoriasis is caused by an autoimmune disorder. The body produces too many white blood cells and they attack the skin, causing a build up of stem cells. People who have nail psoriasis will have pitted and scaly fingernails and toenails, and it can be very painful.
Dr. Susan Evans, a Beverly Hills cosmetic physician, tells The Doctors that in the past, the treatment for nail psoriasis was creams and medications, but the skin becomes so thick that lotions and creams can't penetrate. Many patients were forced to turn to medications but those with unpleasant side effects.
Dr. Evans reveals a laser treatment that is able to penetrate the heaped on layers of skin that psoriasis causes and bring about healing. It removes the top layer of skin and can be targeted to treat just a specific area rather than medications which affect the whole body. Dr. Evans performed the treatment on the show, and her patient said that it didn't hurt at all, that she only felt a warming sensation. Treatment is fast and easy, but must be repeated for 6-12 weeks, twice a week, and results can last as long as 6 months to a year.