Light therapy is an effective treatment technique for many skin conditions. This outpatient treatment exposes the affected area of skin to measured doses of artificial light for a prescribed amount of time. Ultraviolet light rays decrease rapid cell growth, which reduces the inflammation that causes skin lesions to form.
Our pediatric dermatology specialists administer three types of phototherapy:
Ultraviolet light B (UVB) therapy is offered in broadband or narrowband delivery--that is, a wider or more targeted wavelength spectrum. UVB therapy is a highly effective full or partial body treatment for psoriasis, vitiligo and other inflammatory skin disorders.
Excimer laser therapy is a highly precise method for treating psoriasis and vitiligo without causing damage to healthy skin surrounding the affected areas. This technique offers several benefits, including shorter and fewer treatment sessions.
Psoralen and ultraviolet light A (PUVA) therapyrequires the use of psoralen, a medication that the patient takes or applies in order to maximize the effects of UVA rays on the skin. PUVA therapy can be a highly effective treatment option for psoriasis and vitiligo.