Ultraviolet Light Therapy

Ultraviolet Light Treatments

Ultraviolet Light Therapy, also known as Ultraviolet Phototherapy, is used to treat certain skin disorders and other diseases. It consists of irradiation of the patient with a UVA band of ultraviolet light delivered from a fluorescent bulb specifically designed to output this frequency of ultraviolet. 

Typical treatment regimens involve short exposure to UVB rays, with repeated sessions sometimes required before noticeable results dependent on the ailment. 

                                                         Medical Uses of UV Light Therapy

Skin conditions: The treatments involve exposing the skin to ultraviolet light, either to small areas of skin or over the whole body.

Atopic dermatitis: Light therapy is considered one of the best monotherapy treatments for atopic dermatitis (AD), when applied to patients who have not responded to traditional topical treatments. Patients tolerate the therapy safely but, as in any therapy, there are occasional adverse effects and care needs be taken in its application, particularly to children.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis features localized inflammation mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. 

Vitiligo: NB-UVB phototherapy results in satisfactory re-pigmentation of the skin in vitiligo patients.

Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, there is some evidence that ultraviolet light therapy is effective in helping treat certain kinds of skin cancer. Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is used in these cases. 

UV Light treatment can improve the following conditions: 

  • Oncology disease

  • Viral microbial and infectious diseases

  • Increased interferon synthesis

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Allergies

  • Atherosclerosis

  • Viral herpes

  • Purulent viral diseases

  • Hypertension

  • Endarteritis

  • Type II diabetes

  • Traumas

  • Dislocations and hematomas

  • Gastritis and ulcers

  • Bronchitis and pleurisy