UVB Phototherapy
What is the treatment?

UVB Phototherapy “ NARROWBAND UVB”, it is one of the most common and famous Phototherapy is performed for various skin disease world wide. In this treatment a specific wavelength of ultraviolet radiation (UV RAYS) “311 to 312 nm is given to treat different skin issues.

Who needs this treatment, and at what age group?

Besides above mentioned diseases, UVB phototherapy can be used in other skin diseases as well. Depending upon the skin condition any age group can get treated.

How frequently should it be done?

UVB Phototherapy is initially done 2-3 times a week and then it is done once or twice a week depending on the condition of the skin from patient to patient.

Things to Know

One needs this treatment for:-

  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Lichen planus
  • Dermographism
  • PMLE
Narrow band UVB light is absorbed by the epidermis and superficial dermis. Nuclear DNA acts as an endogenous chromophore & initiates cascade of events leading to suppression of DNA synthesis. This property comes very handy in conditions like psoriasis.
This treatment is very safe. But has to be done under supervision of a dermatologist.
This treatment has side effects like redness and slight burning sensation but usually subsides after some time. The dosage and duration is titrated by the treating physician depending upon the response.
Use sunscreen lotions as and when required. Avoid direct sun exposure. During the therapy one must wear UVB protective glasses.
Dr Shail Gupta, MD (renowned dermatologist) with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology says that this treatment can prove to be very useful in treating difficult skin disorders by avoiding side effects of systemic medicines.
Yes, this treatment cannot be combined with other medical treatments.
No, the treatment is not painful.
The duration of the treatment depends upon the amount of energy the physician wants to deliver. So the duration can be less than a minute or maximum 10 minutes.
Almost all the areas can be treated with UVB Phototherapy.

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