Auburn Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center | Dr. Rona Holmes

2172 Moores Mill Road
Auburn, AL 36830

Phone: 334-887-5060
Fax: 334-887-4367

Phototherapy

phototherapyPhototherapy is the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to treat various skin disorders.  Our office is proud to offer the latest in light box technology and our staff has received specialized training in this area.  We offer narrowband UVB (nbUVB), UVA, combination treatment, and PUVA.  Phototherapy is most commonly used to treat psoriasis, but we also use our light box to treat vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, eczema, itch, and other less common skin conditions.  Dr. Holmes will determine if phototherapy will benefit you.  Often, it is used to “jumpstart” topical or systemic treatments, or may be used if traditional treatments have failed.
 
The treatments are simple and painless.  They involve standing in the box while the specialized light shines on the body for a prescribed period of time.  Dr. Holmes will prescribe the appropriate wavelength and duration of each light treatment.  The initial exposure is only a few seconds and will gradually increase over time.  Most patients need at least 2-3 months of treatments and will come 2 or 3 times a week.  It is necessary to wear protective goggles to prevent the light from entering the eyes. 

Some patients experience slight itching and reddening of the skin associated with exposure to ultraviolet light.  It is important to avoid exposure to natural sunlight on days that you receive phototherapy treatment as this may cause a sunburn.  Light exposure over many years may increase the risk of skin cancer, so routine skin exams are recommended in patients undergoing or with a history of phototherapy.

Learn more at www.daavlin.com  and www.psoriasis.org.

 

 

 

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