At the Cosmedic Center, we use narrowband UVB to treat psoriasis and vitiligo effectively. Exposing the skin to UVB light often results in significant diminishing of these conditions; and the procedure is pain-free, with few or no side effects. Treatment can be effective over a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of the condition. We’ll be happy to consult with you on treatment possibilities for your particular case.
MIAMI UVB PHOTOTHERAPY
Increasing doses of UVB are given each exposure (three to five times weekly), aiming to turn the skin slightly pink. Sometimes uncomfortable sunburn will occur, at its worst about 8 hours after treatment. This fades over the next few days and should be treated with frequent and liberal emollients. The effect of UVB is similar to the sun. Excessive exposure contributes to aging skin and to the risk of skin cancer.
PSORIASIS SKIN TREATMENT IN MIAMI
Psoriasis is a common inherited skin disorder, which may vary considerably in extent and severity. Neither phototherapy nor any other available treatment effects a permanent cure.
MIAMI DERMATOLOGY AND UVB PHOTOTHERAPY
UVB Phototherapy is suitable for most people with extensive psoriasis. It may not suit those with very fair skin, or those whose psoriasis gets worse in sunlight. Initially most patients have their treatment three times a week. The first few exposures will be short (less than 5 minutes). The length of exposure is gradually increased, according to the patient’s response, up to a maximum of 30 minutes per session. Few patients require such long exposures, most being controlled with shorter times.
Most psoriasis patients will have their psoriasis cleared or much improved after 12 to 24 treatments. At this stage treatments will usually be discontinued. Even without treatment, the skin may remain clear for some months. However, the psoriasis may later flare up again, and further UVB treatment may be necessary. Those cases of psoriasis which appear to be resistant to UVB may still be helped by another form of ultraviolet treatment called PUVA, or other treatments (e.g. ointments or tablets).
DERMATITIS SKIN TREATMENT IN MIAMI
UVB is occasionally used for severe cases of dermatitis, especially atopic eczema. Frequency and dosage of treatment is similar to that used for psoriasis. However, a course of phototherapy may need to be more prolonged than that generally required for psoriasis.
VITILIGO SKIN TREATMENT IN MIAMI
UVB is one of the most effective treatments for vitiligo. Treatments must be cautious as the white skin burns easily. It may take several months to see an improvement.
OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS MIAMI DERMATOLOGY TREATS
Many other skin conditions have been effectively treated with UVB, including generalised itch, prurigo, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, pityriasis lichenoides, and symptomatic dermographism.
CONTACT OUR MIAMI COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY STAFF ABOUT UVB PHOTOTHERAPY
For more information on the many options we provide here at our cosmetic dermatology practice in Miami Beach, such as Mohs skin cancer treatment and acne therapy, please contact the offices of Dr. Just Brahmatewari. We look forward to speaking with you.