Understanding UVB (Ultraviolet light B) Phototherapy
UVB Phototherapy is an advanced type of light therapy that uses a targeted wavelength spectrum in order to treat inflammatory skin conditions including vitiligo and psoriasis, by producing an effective form of UV light while diminishing the possibility of skin cancer and sun damage.
While no treatment is performed without risk, this treatment is considered highly effective with minimal risk of side effects.
How Does UVB Phototherapy Work?
UVB light is a wavelength of light that has been proven to be an effective treatment for certain skin diseases. By slowing cell multiplication it can help stop the spread of certain skin conditions.
There are two types of UVB treatment that are used separately to treat different skin conditions.
Narrow-band UVB treatments deliver a small amount of UV light and is an effective treatment for psoriasis, atopic eczema, pruritus, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, dermographism and vitiligo.
Broad-band UVB releases a higher amount of light and is also used for the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo as well as atopic dermatitis, pruritic disorders and the beginning stages of mycosis fungoides.
Treatment occurs regularly for a specific amount of time dependent upon the skin condition and proposed treatment plan.
How Does UVB Light Therapy Help?
UVB Light Therapy has had proven success in reducing the visibility of symptoms of the following skin conditions:
- Alopecia areata
- Allergic reactions
To learn more about UVB Phototherapy treatments, contact the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale at (480) 596-1110.