Patients with common skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis may be surprised to learn that exposure to specialized lights can help resolve or diminish their symptoms. At West Sound Dermatology, we offer UVB Phototherapy to help Poulsbo, Washington patients find relief from their symptoms without invasive procedures.
What is UVB Phototherapy?
UVB phototherapy is a treatment which uses shortwave ultraviolet radiation. It can be used to treat the entire body in one session. During a UVB phototherapy treatment, patients stand undressed in a cabinet containing fluorescent light tubes which administer the narrowband ultraviolet light. This treatment can be performed up to five times per week until symptoms subside. In most cases, UVB phototherapy is completed within about five minutes. Patients typically see symptoms subside within 12-24 treatments.
What Can UVB Treat?
UVB phototherapy is typically used to treat:
- Pruritus (itching)
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
After UVB treatment, patients may experience a sunburn which should subside within a few days. Your provider will instruct you to frequently moisturize the skin as side effects from UVB phototherapy subside. UVB phototherapy is not appropriate for patients with photosensitivity due to conditions such as lupus or those with a high risk or personal or family history of skin cancer. Prior to treatment, your provider will review your health history and determine whether UVB phototherapy is appropriate for you.