Home Narrowband UVB Treatment for Psoriasis

If you suffer from psoriasis or vitiligo you can now treat your condition in your own home using narrowband UVB light.  If your condition is helped by sunlight then a home narrowband UVB treatment unit should work for you.  Just a few minutes, three times a week should clear your psoriasis in as little as 6 weeks.

 

The lamps used for home narrowband treatment are the same Philips medically approved lamps used for psoriasis treatment in hospitals all over the world. These high quality UVB lamps have been used for more than twenty years with outstanding results.  You can now use these lamps in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

 

It is well worthwhile considering a life changing investment that can help you take control of your condition and lift the burden of your symptoms. Don't let psoriasis get you down!  This treatment can make you feel comfortable in your skin and give a welcome boost to your morale. 

Phototherapy

UV light therapy (phototherapy) has been found to be effective for the treatment of skin conditions that are caused by overactive immune cells in the skin, as it reduces their activity.  It has become a mainstay for the treatment of psoriasis and other photoresponsive skin conditions including eczema, and vitiligo.

Phototherapy has a very long history.  Indeed the ancient Egyptians used exposure to natural sunlight as a form of treatment for a variety of skin conditions.

Most psoriasis sufferers notice that their skin condition improves after exposure to sunlight and many use sunbeds to help control their condition during flare-ups.

However unlike the medical lamps used in hospital outpatients equipment, the ultraviolet light produced by sunbeds is not targeted at treating skin conditions like psoriasis.  Sunbeds expose patients to high cumulative doses of UV light, while being of limited therapeutic value.

The development of home use phototherapy equipment incorporating medical lamps has now allowed psoriasis and other skin conditions to be effectively and safely treated at home.

Home phototherapy equipment first became commercially available in the early 1980s. Since its introduction, it has been steadily growing in use. Studies have shown that an overwhelming majority (96%) of patients undergoing home phototherapy thought it was effective.  They also thought it more convenient than the standard outpatient schedule. Not surprisingly, patient satisfaction with home phototherapy is very high.

Two percent of the world’s population has Psoriasis. Coping with the outbreaks can sometimes seem like a difficult challenge.  Home phototherapy can be the convenient, effective and time saving alternative to outpatient treatment.

 

Benefits of home phototherapy

  • Home phototherapy is more convenient
  • Better patient adherence to treatment plan
  • Treatment administered quickly
  • Less travelling
  • Less time lost from work and social activities 
 

Types of UVB Phototherapy

Broadband UVB phototherapy has been used for psoriasis treatment for more than seventy years.  In the 1980s Philips developed narrowband TL01 lamps. These lamps select only the portion of natural sunlight which provides the best therapeutic response.  Sunburn response is minimised by the removal of non-therapeutic wavelengths.

Narrowband UVB phototherapy has a greater beneficial effect than conventional broadband-UVB, achieving faster and more complete clearance of psoriasis plaques.

The first figure below shows the composition of natural sunlight and the optimal response wavelength for psoriasis treatment (blue line),  The second figure shows how the output spectrum of Philips narrowband UVB tubes matches the optimal response wavelength.

  

 
 

 

Benefits of narrowband UVB treatment when compared to broadband UVB

  • Shorter period of exposure needed
  • Faster clinical response
  • More complete clinical response of psoriatic plaques
  • Longer periods of remission from symptoms
  • Lower cumulative dose of UVB
  • Minimises potential side effects like redness and itching
 

 

Effectiveness and Safety - the evidence keeps growing

A study published in British Medical Journal in 2009 concluded that UVB phototherapy administered at home is equally safe and equally effective, both clinically and for quality of life, as UVB phototherapy administered in an outpatient setting. Furthermore, UVB phototherapy at home resulted in a lower burden of treatment and led to greater patients’ satisfaction.

A BBC report on the latest research backs UV treatment at home.

A comprehensive review of home phototherapy published in the Dermatology Online Journal in 2010 looked at 59 studies and publications.  It concluded that home phototherapy is an effective means of treating chronic photoresponsive dermatoses, and that home phototherapy has broadened therapeutic options, improved the quality of life for many patients, and should be considered as a primary option for psoriasis treatment.

A review of the literature published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2005 concluded that the evidence suggests that UVB phototherapy remains a very safe treatment modality.

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