How Does Phototherapy Work
Exposing affected skin cells to UV light through short, frequent sessions of exposure causes the skin cells to die, eliminating or improving symptoms, providing relief from psoriasis for many people. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, phototherapy treatments help significantly in upwards of 80% of the cases .
Your doctor may prescribe phototherapy using light in the Ultraviolet-A (UVA) or Ultraviolet-B (UVB) range for treating psoriasis.
When comparing the two, UVB has the added advantage of producing fewer adverse side effects, as the long-term use of the psoriasis medication psoralen is eliminated.
UVA: When using UVA light, doctors often combine UVA phototherapy with an oral or topical medicine called psoralen. The addition of psoralen (PUVA) makes the skin more sensitive to the UVA light, producing a greater effect than UVA light alone, but introducing the potential for side effects from using psoralen.
UVB: An improved understanding of UVB light allowed doctors to better refine phototherapy treatment by including a very precise range of UVB wavelengths, called narrowband UVB light (nbUVB). Evidence has given new hope to psoriasis sufferers and suggests that nbUVB phototherapy treatments offers even better treatment results than broadband UVB therapy for certain patients. Currently nbUVB is one of the main treatments for patients with mild to severe psoriasis. Broadband UVB lamps emit a broad range of light over the UVB spectrum.
Prescribing Phototherapy for Psoriasis, Eczema, or Vitiligo has been proven to be Safe and Effective. Clearance is usually evident after just four to eight weeks of treatments.
High Efficacy with Virtually No Side Effects
Narrowband light treatment is effective in 80% or more of all cases, with virtually no side effects,) comparable to biological drugs, though these drugs may have potentially severe side effects
Convenient and Comfortable
Phototherapy, or light treatment, is a non-invasive medical treatment, which patients can take at their doctor’s office or in their their own home if the physician determines that the patient qualifies for home treatments and prescribes a home treatment system for the patient.
Average annual phototherapy costs for in office patient phototherapy treatments range from $3,083 to $7,288 a year, while biologic treatments range from $18,284 to $27,577 annually.
The only patented units that fold flat against the wall
UVBioTek™ units are the only systems that fold flat against the wall when not in use, and still allow fully adjustable lamp positioning.
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