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Photherapy for Psoriasis or Eczema

What is Phototherapy?

Phototherapy is the use of a certain bandwith/wavelength of light for therapeutic purposes.

Narrowband UVB Light Therapy (NB-UVB)

A UVB narrowband lamp emits safe light energy.

Narrowband UVB lights (NB-UVB) comprises a subset of the UVB spectrum centered at roughly 311 nm. This is less than 1% of total range of wavelengths from sunlight.

dermatology phototherapy

Studies have shown that:

  • Narrow band UVB light treatment uses the optimal part of the UVB light spectrum which slows growth of psoriasis lesions or re-pigmentation of one’s natural skin coloring.
  • Exposure time of narrowband UVB lamps can be longer than with traditional broadband UVB yielding more effective results. Recent studies have shown 75% clearing (PASI 75) with narrowband UVB.
  • Erythemal response (similar to sunburn) is nearly eliminated with narrowband UVB light.
  • Risks and side effects of other treatments such as systemic drugs have not been found with narrowband UVB light therapy.

NB-UVB therapeutic advantages for your skin condition

  • Psoriasis – Narrowband UVB light treatment provide faster clearing, less sun burning, and more complete disease resolution than traditional UVB and is safer than biologics.
  • Vitiligo – Narrowband UVB lights are proving to be very useful in the treatment of Vitiligo. Narrowband UVB light treatment is replacing traditional PUVA phototherapy treatment where one had to take a pill along with being exposed to a certain band of ultraviolet liht. It is important to know that UVB narrowband lamps for vitiligo and for psoriasis or eczema require no photo-sensitizing agents. In terms of full disclosure, one should know that most insurance plans do not cover light therapy for vitiligo because they consider vitiligo a cosmetic disease and are not willing to pay for what they believe is a cosmetic condition.
  • The treatments in the office only take a very few minutes with these advanced bulbs.

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