Ultraviolet Light Therapy
UV Light Therapy Overview
Ultraviolet light therapy also known as ultraviolet phototherapy is a form of treatment for certain skin disorders and other diseases. It consists of irradiation of the patient with the UVA band of ultraviolet light, delivered from a fluorescent bulb specially designed to output this frequency of ultraviolet. Typical treatment regimens involve short exposure to UVB rays, and repeated sessions may be required before results are noticeable.
Medical Uses of UV Light Therapy
Skin conditions: The treatments involve exposing the skin to ultraviolet light. The exposures can be to small area of the skin or over the whole body surface.
Atopic dermatitis: Light therapy is considered one of the best monotherapy treatments for atopic dermatitis (AD), when applied to patients who have not responded to traditional topical treatments. Patients tolerate the therapy safely but, as in any therapy, there are adverse effects and care should be taken in its application, particularly to children.
Psoriasis: For psoriasis, UVB phototherapy has been shown to be effective. A feature of psoriasis is localized inflammation mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses.
Vitiligo: NB-UVB phototherapy results in satisfactory repigmentation in our vitiligo patients and therefore it is offered as a treatment option.
Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, there is some evidence that ultraviolet light therapy may be effective in helping treat certain kinds of skin cancer, and ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is established for this application.
UV Light treatment is also used to improve the condition of patients suffer from:
Oncology diseases, viral microbial and infectious diseases, increased interferon synthesis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, atherosclerosis, viral herpes, purulent viral diseases, hypertension, obliterating endarteritis, type II diabetes, traumas, dislocations and hematomas, gastritis and ulcers, bronchitis and pleurisy,