Posts Tagged ‘Treatment of Psoriasis’

Why NB-UVB?

In most cases, it is preferable to use narrow band UVB (NB-UVB) light, since there is no need for systemic drugs like Methoxsalen and treatment times are short. Recent studies show that the use NB-UVB results in faster responses and longer remissions than with UVB broadband. Using narrowband UVB, results are similar to a PUVA…

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A Perspective on the Use of NB-UVB Phototherapy vs. PUVA Photochemotherapy

Sally H. Ibbotson* Photobiology Unit, Dermatology Department, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee School of Medicine, Dundee, United Kingdom Narrowband UVB (NB-UVB) phototherapy and psoralen-UVA (PUVA) photochemotherapy are widely used phototherapeutic modalities for a range of skin diseases. The main indication for NB-UVB and PUVA therapies is psoriasis, and other key diagnoses include atopic eczema, vitiligo,…

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Psoriasis: General principles for phototherapy

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All patients who are considered for treatment with phototherapy or photochemotherapy must have a complete history and physical examination. Patients with a known history of lupus erythematosus or xeroderma pigmentosum should not be treated with phototherapy or photochemotherapy. Patients with a history of a photosensitivity disorder, taking photosensitizing medications, with a history of melanoma, with…

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Narrowband UVB Phototherapy for the Treatment of Psoriasis

With approximately 150,000 newly diagnosed cases of psoriasis each year, this chronic skin disease affects approximately 2% of the US population and causes considerable morbidity.(1) First-stage treatment of patients with moderate- to-severe psoriasis often starts with topical agents and then progresses to phototherapy (UVB) for more extensive disease. Extensive disease that cannot be controlled adequately…

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