Psoriasis is one of those skin conditions that can cause a lot of embarrassment, especially if those around you don’t understand the discomfort you’re going through. So how can it be treated? Exposing the skin to short bursts of UVB light has been found to be one of the most effective ways to treat psoriasis. But exactly how is narrowband phototherapy used to treat psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that is marked by red, scaly patches of skin. It is caused by the rapid build-up of cells in a specific part of the body. The patches may be localized in an area such as the hands or soles of the feet, or they may cover the entire body.
Narrowband UV Phototherapy
Narrowband UV phototherapy is a type of phototherapy treatment in which narrow band UVB light is used to target problem areas on the body. Narrowband UVB only emits UV wavelengths 311-312 nm. This is believed to be the most effective range for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Narrowband UVB is a quick treatment that lasts only a few minutes. However, patients may need to undergo 2-5 sessions each week over several months.
How narrowband UVB treats psoriasis
Patients are required to stand in a phototherapy unit, which is a cabinet that contains fluorescent bulbs that emit UVB rays. The machine delivers short doses of narrowband UVB.
The UVB rays penetrate the skin and subsequently slow the growth of the skin cells, resulting in an improvement in the appearance of the condition.
If you need help with psoriasis, contact Skin Care Center, Chicago, IL for a consultation.
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