Psoriasis Light Treatment
Psoriasis is a disorder of skin that is affecting around 3% of the world’s population. In this skin disorder the main characteristic include red scaly patches of skin. Use of psoriasis light treatment can have good effect in sufferers of psoriasis. Different factors help in deciding what treatment will give best results for a particular sufferer of psoriasis.
Initially most doctors recommend use of topical treatments as these are the natural first choice in order to get rid of psoriasis. Light treatment is actually a secondary option, and is tried when topical treatments fail to provide any results.
Immune system is responsible for this disease as per doctors. T-cells are a type of white blood cell which actually fights against disease and infection start producing skin cells. As a result new skin cells are created which are more than the normal range and so accumulation of skin cells take place on the surface of the skin which is referred to as psoriasis. These skin cells finally die off, which gives scaly appearance to psoriasis.
Due to UV light exposure the active T-cells die that over produce skin cells which in turn reduce accumulated excess skin cells. As per observations regions with warm tropical climate have less cases of psoriasis. If a psoriasis sufferer visits such a location on vacation then their condition can improve. Psoriasis treatment with the help of special UV lamps can be administered under professional supervision.
Sunlight covers various wavelengths but the two prominent ones are UVA and UVB. For effective treatment it has been discovered that UVB light exposure alone is enough. In order to carry out UVB light therapy for psoriasis the patient need to visit clinic or office of physician where they have UVB lamp, and the therapy of UVB light must be conducted under supervision of medical expert.
Originally only broad band UVB lamps were available, nowadays narrow band UVB treatment is becoming famous. In case of narrow band UVB a smaller range of ultraviolet light is used and its initial results are rapid to reduce the visible psoriasis signs.
The psoriasis sufferers can buy UVB therapy equipment like the one used by doctor for using it at home. In order to make this purchase a prescription is required from doctor and also full training on how to operate it safely.
UVA light itself is not considered effective for treating psoriasis, but when it is combined with certain medications then it is mostly used for complicated and cases of the disease.
Psoriasis light treatment with the help of UVB light therapy is considered safe and effective. After the completion of treatment the sufferer need to be monitored by regular checkups. In order to avoid recurrence regular sessions of light therapy every two weeks are mostly required.