Psoriasis is a troubling skin condition where people suffer from mild, moderate to severe symptoms which include patches if itchy, red skin and dry, hardened lesions raised on the skin. Many people try conventional treatments which include medication and topical ointments that provide relief to some patients with mild to moderate symptoms but may not be as effective for the more severe cases.
UV light phototherapy is proven to be highly effective at treating and controlling symptoms of psoriasis, providing some relief to people suffering with this troubling skin condition. Phototherapy lamps deliver Ultraviolet (UV) radiation at the optimum wavelength determined for therapy in both UVA and UVB wavelengths.
UV lamp phototherapy should be prescribed only by a physician with the right type of light therapy lamp. Not all UV lamps are created equal and only a UV light therapy lamp designed to treat psoriasis will be effective. Other types of lamps especially tanning beds may actually worsen symptoms.
UV Light Therapy Lamp for Psoriasis
UV light therapy lamps which effectively treat psoriasis may include both broad band and narrow band UV wavelengths. The UVB narrow band lamps deliver a smaller range of UV exposure with either type of lamp imitating the sun’s natural healing efforts. Both UVA and UVB technology may be combined for effective treatment, depending on your condition and your doctor’s orders.
When UVA light therapy lamps are used, a medication called psoralen is also used to enhance the effectiveness of the UVA exposure, which is why this treatment is commonly referred to as PUVA. This is proven to be effective at slowing down the growth of excessive skin cells to provide relief from the raised, scaly patches of skin. In any light therapy treatment, consistency is key to receiving the desired results. Some patients see relief in as little as a few weeks, while some others may take months to notice improvement.
UV therapy is also successful by killing bacteria in the skin which helps to clear skin for many patients. Phototherapy is proven to be effective at treating acne for this reason, and many other skin conditions including vitiligo and eczema. Light therapy is also proven treatment for different types of depression, not only seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
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