Phototherapy involves the controlled delivery of a specific wavelength of artificial ultraviolet light onto your skin.
Patients receiving phototherapy stand inside a UV cabinet that is lined with fluorescent tubes that deliver the ultraviolet light onto affected areas of your skin.
It may be an effective treatment for your skin condition, when creams or oral medications have not been successful, have caused side effects or are contraindicated.
Photograph of the narrowband UVB machine in our Mount Barker rooms.
Whole body narrowband Ultraviolet B (UVB) Phototherapy is available at each of our main clinics
Skin conditions treatable with phototherapy include
There are also other less common skin conditions that can respond to phototherapy.
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Hand and foot PUVA machine
This may be indicated for the following conditions
PUVA is an acronym for Psoralen and Ultra Violet A radiation. The first step of PUVA therapy is to soak your hands and feet in a Psoralen solution. The next step involves the delivery of UVA onto the hands and feet. UVA is a specific wavelength of light that will photoactivate the Psoralen. This interaction takes place on your hands and feet and helps treat your skin condition.
A treatment schedule will be prepared for you. Your doctor will decide upon your starting dose, the frequency of treatments (often 3x a week), dose increments, and when you should next be reviewed. Our receptionists will book in advance your treatment sessions and prepare a list of times during the week that you can attend for treatment.
The doses that you receive depend on your skin type. The total number of treatments received depend on the extent and severity of your skin condition and your response to treatment. With each attendance your dose will be increased according to the treatment schedule. Time spent in the UV cabinet may range from only 30 seconds at the start of your treatment to several minutes closer to the end of your treatment.
Your progress will be carefully monitored by your Dermatologist and doses received will be adjusted according to your response to treatment.
During the course of your phototherapy treatment is important to remember the following: