Psoriasis is seen worldwide in all races / sexes and affects about 8 million people in the US. Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your skin cells replicate every three days instead of every 30. Both Dr. Martin and Dr. Cole Claiborne have extensive experience in treating all manners of psoriasis. We are one of a few practices in the greater New Orleans area to offer full body narrow band ultraviolet B (nbUVB) phototherapy as a non-immunosuppressive treatment option for plaque psoriasis. For moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, we can use highly effective advanced therapies (often called “biologics”) to calm down the overactive immune system responsible for this disease.
There are three main types of biologic medications (from oldest to newest):
Anti-TNFs (Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Cimzia)
Anti-IL17s (Cosentyx, Taltz, or Siliq)
Anti-IL23s (Skyrizi, Tremfya)
Depending on your medical history and treatment goals, Dr. Claiborne may choose any one of these products for you to get the best results. For more information visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website here