We are delighted to announce the opening of our phototherapy suite here at the Harley Street dermatology clinic. We are pleased to introduce our new state of the art Daavlin phototherapy cabinet capable of providing both UVA and UVB treatment. This can be used to successfully treat a large number of inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus, vitiligo and pruritus. In addition, the clinic has a hand and foot ultraviolet-A device, Ideal for treating hand and foot disease such as eczema and psoriasis.
The new unit is run by our brand-new team of highly qualified dermatology specialist nurses and physicians assistant with many years of cumulative experience in providing treatment to skin patients. We are very happy to see patients for phototherapy with an appropriate referral from any UK-registered dermatology consultant. Alternatively, book in to see one of our consultants who can facilitate your treatment.
What is phototherapy?
Phototherapy comprises the use of ultraviolet A and B light to treat skin disease. It has long been known that the action of the suns rays on the skin can suppress inflammation and itch.
The science behind this was discovered over the last few decades. Ultraviolet produces anti-inflammatory molecules in the skin which are good at suppressing each and inflammation.
Although the effects are not permanent, treatment can bring about excellent results which may be sustained for several months.
Usually a course is given two or three times a week for between 4 and 10 weeks depending on the disease and the response to treatment.
What are the side effects and long-term risks of phototherapy?
Although ultraviolet light can increase the risk of skin cancer in fair skinned or white patients (less so in patients with pigmented skin), the amount one receives during a course of medical phototherapy treatment is usually relatively low.
Consequently, the risk of skin cancer would only start to increase by a significant amount if one had undergone more than 300 sessions of photo therapy
Other side-effects of phototherapy is that it can cause sun tan. The skin will usually darken over repeated exposures. Freckling can also increase in those susceptible
In fair skinned patients, sunburn is a possibility, but in the hands of our experience nurses and physicians assistant, with the use of a special erythema dosing machine, this is usually relatively minor and not a common event
Photoaging: with repeated exposure to ultraviolet, photoaging occurred and this comprises wrinkling, sunspots and thickening of the collagen. This would not normally happen during medical phototherapy as the doses are relatively small and it would take over 300 exposures to start increasing risk significantly of this occurring.
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