Skin Conditions (like Psoriasis) and Phototherapy

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Skin Conditions (like Psoriasis) and Phototherapy

Postby BigDaddy » Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:43 pm

Skin Conditions and Phototherapy

UV Psoriasis Light Treatment

Psoriasis is characterized by patches of inflamed red skin. Psoriasis develops because the outer layers of skin cells reproduce too fast. Psoriasis causes pain and itching, limited motion, and stress. Recent studies show that psoriasis may be an immune disorder in which T-cells behave abnormally. UV psoriasis light treatment exposes the T-cells, causing them to die. In this way, the UV phototherapy reduces inflammation, and slows the rate of skin cell production. During the clearing phase, you will have treatments 3 to 5 times a week with increasing exposures. UV psoriasis light treatment helps clear or improve psoriasis in most people.

UV Vitiligo Light Treatment

Vitiligo is characterized by loss of pigment in patches of the body. It provides little physical discomfort, though it is often quite distressing. Scientists believe that it may be an autoimmune process in which the body destroys its own pigment. UV light therapy can help create repigmentation. This process is slow, working from the outer edges of each patch inward, so regular phototherapy vitiligo treatment may continue twice a week for a year or more.

UV Eczema Light Treatment

Eczema is characterized by itchy patches of dry, red skin which sometimes appears scaly or crusty. Irritating, uncomfortable, and stress-inducing, it is sometimes referred to as “the itch that rashes”. People with eczema have an overactive inflammatory response to irritating substances. This may be an allergic response or coexist with other allergies. UV light can be an effective treatment.

UV Phototherapy Relieves Many Skin Conditions

At least 25 skin conditions have been proven to show improvement with UV phototherapy. Ask your doctor, or email us, if UV phototherapy is right for you.
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