The use of ultraviolet light in the treatment of photo-responsive skin diseases is safe, highly effective and time-tested, making it an essential tool in modern dermatology offices. Phototherapy has proven to be the most effective treatment option for patients suffering from psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.
The treatment has been become more and more patient compliant, as phototherapy can be administered in a physician’s office, clinic or at home with a home phototherapy device.
Phototherapy mainly uses the Narrowband UVB and PUVA (combined Psoralen with UVA):
Narrow Band UVB
Narrow Band UVB versatility and promising results has made it the most effective phototherapy treatment option for patients suffering from psoriasis. Its efficacy, safety and speed at clearing patients with moderate to severe psoriasis has proven to be the most effective phototherapy treatment option for thousands of psoriasis patients all over the world.
PUVA combines a Psoralen drug (Oxsoralen) with exposure to ultraviolet light A (UVA). Psoralen makes the body very sensitive to UVA rays and comes in oral or topical form. It may be used on a short- term basis to bring a severe or disabling case of psoriasis under control. Typical diseases treated by UVA light include sclerotic skin conditions (morphea, scleroderma, graft) and atopic dermatitis(eczema). UVA has been used therapeutically for nearly 20 years, with an excellent safety and effectiveness record.