Phototherapy can help.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune disorder afflciting the the skin. People who suffer from psoriasis develop skin patches that are red, itchy, and scaly, and can appear anywhere and everywhere on the body.
Although Psoriasis is thought be many experts to be a genetic condition that can be exacerbated by many external and internal factors, the cause of Psoriasis remains uknown, and there is no cure.
Psoriasis can be painful, both physically and emotionally. It is aggravating and distracting during daily life, and can impact an individual’s self-esteem and feelings of self worth.
If you suffer from Psoriasis, you are not alone.
But there is hope
Safe, natural treatment
Skin clearance rate
How Does Phototherapy Work?
Exposing affected skin cells to UV light through short, frequent sessions of exposure causes the skin cells to die, eliminating or improving symptoms, providing relief from psoriasis for many people. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, phototherapy treatments help significantly in upwards of 80% of the cases.
Your doctor may prescribe phototherapy using light in the Ultraviolet-A (UVA) or Ultraviolet-B (UVB) range for treating psoriasis.
When comparing the two, UVB has the added advantage of producing fewer adverse side effects, as the long-term use of the psoriasis medication psoralen is eliminated.
UVA: When using UVA light, doctors often combine UVA phototherapy with an oral or topical medicine called psoralen. The addition of psoralen (PUVA) makes the skin more sensitive to the UVA light, producing a greater effect than UVA light alone, but introducing the potential for side effects from using psoralen.
UVB: An improved understanding of UVB light allowed doctors to better refine phototherapy treatment by including a very precise range of UVB wavelengths, called narrowband UVB light (nbUVB). Evidence has given new hope to psoriasis sufferers and suggests that nbUVB phototherapy treatments offers even better treatment results than broadband UVB therapy for certain patients. Currently nbUVB is one of the main treatments for patients with mild to severe psoriasis. Broadband UVB lamps emit a broad range of light over the UVB spectrum.