Many skin disorders can be treated with light.
Phototherapy PUVA and UVB
THIS TREATMENT IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE
PUVA or photochemotherapy is a type of UV treatment consisting of taking a Psoralen (a medicine making your skin more sensitive to UV light) followed two hours later by exposing the skin to very low doses of UVA radiation.
Narrowband UVB phototherapy is a type of UV treatment where the most beneficial component of natural sunlight (with high anti-inflammatory properties) is used. It has the advantage that no psoralen needs to be taken.
Phototherapy with UVA and UVB are used for treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, sun allergy and other skin disorders.
A phototherapy cabin for both UVA and narrowband UVB therapy is available at our practice. This treatment usually requires 2 or 3 sessions per week during 4 to 8 weeks.
PDT is a technique used for treatment of precancerous skin lesions (actinic keratosis) and certain superficial skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma). It can also be used as a skin rejuvenation technique for photo-aged skin in esthetic dermatology.
The treatment consists of the application of a photosensitizing cream followed by exposure to a light source (red or blue LED) for classical PDT or to daylight for the so-called ‘daylight PDT’.
Daylight PDT has the advantage of being less painful and has a better tolerance then classical PDT.