The way that dermatologists provide care to their patients has evolved significantly with the development of innovative new technologies. We are proud to be at the forefront of dermatologic care, offering ultraviolet treatments that can benefit patients with psoriasis.
Many people with psoriasis experience diminished symptoms during the summer months or after a day out in the sunshine. In some ways, natural sunlight is beneficial, especially for those with psoriasis. However, there is also an inherent risk for skin cancer when too much time is spent in the sun. In recent years, scientists have developed a way to harness the power of UV light without damaging the skin.
Patients of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. can count on conservative care that meets their needs. Proven light therapy involves special equipment such as a hand or foot unit or a full-body light box for larger areas of concern. The response to light therapy can be quite favorable. Unlike a tanning lamp, light therapy delivers narrow band UVB light to soothe irritated skin.
Outpatient light treatments can have a positive effect not only on psoriasis but also on vitiligo and eczema. Specific wavelengths of UVB light are used to produce the desired outcome. Often, an immediate improvement can be seen and felt. UVB light box therapy requires no down time.
PUVA therapy may be suggested for inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. This UVA light therapy involves the application of medication (Psoralen) before light is directed toward the skin. PUVA therapy may be indicated for the rapid resolution of skin lesions in severe cases.
Ultraviolet light therapy may be an excellent management tool for patients with inflammatory skin conditions. During the initial treatment period, light therapy may be scheduled every few days for a month or two, with periodic sessions scheduled to manage skin health.