- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: Long-Lasting
Inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis
Redness, dry, itchy skin
Primarily used on the face and body
Some patients may need several sessions to achieve lasting relief
Lightbox directs light throughout the patient’s whole body or targeted areas
Topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment
Reduction of inflammatory lesions
Optimal results appear within weeks to months
The narrowband phototherapy lightbox is Scherl Dermatology’s latest innovative treatment. Carefully controlled, it is an extremely effective tool for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Phototherapy can also be used in combination with other topical (applied on the skin) therapies.
Studies show that ultraviolet light is the source of the sun’s therapeutic effects. In fact, ultraviolet light can help treat the symptoms of common skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. So imagine what UV light can do when it is artificially produced, controlled, and given under supervision by an expert dermatologist.
What Can Phototherapy Treat?
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Phototherapy works by reducing skin inflammation and slowing down the growth of skin cells. Phototherapy is also called light therapy or ultraviolet light therapy.
While phototherapy does not cure any of these skin conditions, it can successfully help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.
Phototherapy works by:
- Reducing inflammation and promoting healing
- Reducing or eliminating itch
- Boosting the skin’s bacteria-fighting functions
- Increasing vitamin D production
- Slowing down rapidly growing cells
The success of phototherapy treatments will depend on consistency. Treatment will need multiple sessions to become effective. Phototherapy is just one of several treatments we offer for these conditions. Our options range from topical medications and moisturizers to systemic treatments that can include pills or injections.
Once inside the lightbox, light will be activated to treat your entire body or just certain exposed areas. Your first treatment is usually a short one (a few seconds). Treatment will also depend on your skin type, age, condition, and the strength of light chosen by your doctor. Phototherapy rarely lasts longer than a few minutes. Records of your response to the light will be kept, and light will be slowly increased with each of your succeeding treatments.
Initially, most patients will need treatment 2-3 times a week for a total of 20-30 treatments. After a few months, a weekly maintenance treatment will be recommended. Psoriasis and eczema may go into remission for some months before flaring up again.
Is Phototherapy Safe?
Phototherapy is considered a safe way to treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis because the skin is being treated from the outside in. Any possible risks associated with phototherapy are minor and include mild sunburn or an itching or stinging sensation.
How Effective Is Phototherapy?
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 75% of people who undergo narrowband UVB treatments will achieve clear skin and have remission for up to 6 months.
The National Eczema Association also reports that about 70% of people with eczema get better with phototherapy. Some people find that phototherapy puts their eczema in a “remittive” or “quiet” state long past the end of the treatment.
LEARN MORE AT YOUR CONSULTATION IN ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ TODAY
Light is a powerful tool for healing the body, and phototherapy capitalizes on the power of sunlight to help heal your skin and make it look and feel its best. To learn more about how phototherapy can be used to address your skin condition, contact our office today and schedule a consultation.
OTHER Medical DERMATOLOGY
Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and around the world. While dangerous, skin cancer is treatable with early detection.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that involves two steps: the use of a light-sensitive drug and the application of a light source to destroy abnormal cells.
Barnacles are a very common benign growth. See your dermatologist if you are concerned, because skin cancer can sometimes look similar to a seborrheic keratosis to an untrained eye.
It is usually quite easy to remove moles surgically. Usually there is a trade involved – removing the mole in exchange for a small scar. If the mole is large and the scar will be less noticeable, then it is a good trade.
Many people suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea.
“Rash” is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and may appear as a red patch, small bumps or blisters on the skin.
Warts (Verrucae) are common growths that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These can commonly involve the fingers, hands, feet, while certain strains can cause genital warts.
REMEMBER you may have multiple types of bumps and bumps and some that may not be listed here:
- Small, hard, white bumps (milia)
- Enlarged oil glands (sebaceous hyperplasia)
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease characterized by itchy or sore patches of various sizes. Often theses patches of skin have, silvery scales.
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