The most common diagnosis requiring UV light therapy is Psoriasis, although there are other skin conditions that respond well to light therapy.
Psoriasis This condition affects 1-2% of the population and can affect any part of the body as red scaly patches of inflamed skin. No one knows what causes Psoriasis although research into the cause is continuous. Treatment is usually divded into 3 categories, each used alone or in combination to minimise the impact of Psoriasis.
1. Topical creams/ointments applied to the affected skin
2. Physical UV light therapy
3. Medication tablets/capsules taken orally
The cabinet is calibrated to deliver progressively larger amounts of light therapy on each subsequent visit. The aim of the treatment is to bring your skin close to a burn without actually damaging your skin. If we go too slowly with your treatments, you will achieve a great suntan but no resolution of your skin condition.
If at any time, you experience burning or blistering, please tell the nurse who will then adjust your dosage schedule. If you find one particular area that constantly gets red or sore, for example nose, forehead, breasts, then you will need to apply a 15+ or stronger sunscreen at least a half hour before your treatment.
The cabinet is fully computerised and has a series of light tubes all the way round the inside to deliver the light therapy evenly over your body. Your therapy commences once the door is shut. If at any time, for any reason, you need to leave the cabinet – just push the door open, which will stop the treatment instantaneously. To resume your treatment just step back in and close the door again.
This Ultra Violet light therapy of narrow band “B” radiation is delivered to the whole body by way of a cabinet and treatments are generally scheduled three times a week. The Doctor will ask you some questions to determine your skin type or “burning potential” before prescribing a starting point for your treatments.
After 14 treatments, an appointment will be made for you to see the Doctor, who will then review your condition. The Doctor may recommend another course of therapy or a different course of treatment, or no treatment at all depending on the results you achieved from the light therapy