Phototherapy an Ideal Treatment for Some Cases of Psoriasis
The chronic inflammation and redness of psoriasis can be disruptive to your sense of confidence. The condition is not fully understood, though research has identified it as an autoimmune disorder rather than a clear dermatologic condition. The patches of skin that become noticeable are those on which cellular turnover occurs too quickly. T-cells, in particular, behave abnormally, leading to discomfort, itching, and embarrassment. In order to improve quality of life, it is important for the person with psoriasis to find solutions that will reduce inflammation and flare-ups.
At Pacific Dermatology, patients receive care that is based on their unique condition. We consider the severity of psoriasis, the type, and its location and extent of coverage. The goal of treatment is to soothe irritation and promote healthier skin by reducing the risk of flare-ups. One of the ways we do this is with phototherapy, a modality that has shown promising results in clinical investigations. Treatment can be obtained in one of our comfortable Washington dermatology offices.
What is Phototherapy?
On a technical level, phototherapy is essentially light therapy. To treat psoriasis, narrow-band UVB light may be used. This is the same UV light that comes from sunshine, and the wavelength that produces the greatest positive effect on the skin. Many experts find narrow-band UVB ideal for patients with chronic plaque psoriasis.
Phototherapy is not the same as lying under the sun! This precision treatment is conducted at recommended intervals and for only short durations each time. The controlled delivery of specific wavelengths improves the condition of the skin without increasing the risk of skin cancer, like tanning or even certain other types of phototherapy. Narrow-band UVB is safe for patients of all ages, even children, and pregnant women.
How Phototherapy Works
The in-office phototherapy treatment is performed in a series. Depending on the condition, sessions may be scheduled every few days for a few weeks. Topical skin treatments may also be prescribed to improve skin health. During sessions, light waves target abnormal cells, slowing their growth. As a result, the existing flare-up has greater opportunity to heal, and further buildup of cells is reduced or prevented altogether.
To see the improvement you desire with your psoriasis, it is necessary to see a physician with specific expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic conditions. To schedule a visit to Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, call 206-859-5777.