Experience the Good Light
Phototherapy is the use of light, usually ultraviolet (UV) light, to treat skin disease. It is a staple in dermatology as it is a proven treatment for inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and mycosis fungoides (a type of skin lymphoma). It is also very effective for itchiness due to kidney or liver disease and other chronic causes, as well as other inflammatory skin conditions.
There are two forms of phototherapy. In generalized phototherapy, the treatment consists of the patient standing inside a UV cabinet while wearing protective gear for one’s eyes and genitalia. Meanwhile, for localized phototherapy, only the specific areas of the skin are exposed to UV for treatment. After the therapy, the patient is asked to avoid excessive sun exposure and/or tanning to prevent untoward effects. For both types of therapy, depending on the dermatologic condition, a patient may need to undergo treatment 2 to 3 times a week for up to several weeks or months.
Since phototherapy is generally safe (even with prolonged use), it is the ideal treatment option for chronic skin conditions.
The Phototherapy Unit is located at the 2nd Floor of the Medical Arts Building.
For more information, feel free to call us at 89-DLSMC (89-35762) ext. 8216.
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