What is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy is an advanced treatment option that uses UV lightwaves to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and a skin cancer called T-cell lymphoma. Using a specialized, man-made UV light called narrow-band UVB or PUVA light, this treatment applies the UV rays to the affected areas. In small amounts, it can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms associated with these conditions, such as reduced itching and inflammation. Don't let a skin condition hinder your everyday life. Our offices are located near the beautiful Clear Lake region south of Houston. Please contact either of our Clear Lake Dermatology locations in Webster or League City, TX for more information about phototherapy treatments.
Phototherapy is a great treatment choice for patients who suffer from chronic skin conditions, such as vitiligo or psoriasis. It can decrease the development of thick, dry scales for psoriasis patients. For patients with vitiligo, it can stimulate the body's production of melanocyte (pigment-producing) cells. It's also a good option for people who don't want to use lotions or creams, prefer a natural approach, or want to avoid steroid treatments. It may also work well for younger patients and pregnant women.
We perform phototherapy appointments in-office; however, for patients who need longer-term treatment, we might recommend at-home treatments that use a specialized phototherapy box. During your consultation, we'll assess your skin condition, listen to your concerns and needs, and determine the best treatment plan for you. Each treatment option we offer comes with its own benefits and works better for certain chronic skin conditions:
- Narrowband UVB Phototherapy Box: Using UVB lighting, this treatment works well for patients with psoriasis, eczema, and contact dermatitis. Often, we start this treatment in-office, but for long-term care, we may prescribe an at-home box to manage symptoms and reduce flare-ups. At your office visit, you'll stand in a box that contains UVB bulbs (much like a tanning bed). During this process, patients will need to wear protective eyewear and moisturizing oil, but we'll provide detailed instructions during your consultation.
- Excimer Laser: This treatment uses a specialized, handheld device that treats autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis and vitiligo. The light waves emitted during this procedure are localized and designed to help improve pigment for vitiligo or reduce the symptoms associated with psoriasis.
- PTD: This procedure is used to treat skin cancers. We prescribe specialized medications that contain photosensitive agents. These photosensitive components must be activated by UVB light. During your office visit, we'll use a light to activate the medication and treat your cancer.
What to Expect
Depending on which technique we used, our team will provide a list of detailed aftercare instructions. For certain procedures, you'll experience side effects, such as photosensitivity, inflammation, redness, burning, itching, or tenderness near the treated area. Please be sure to follow all necessary skin-care instructions to ensure your skin heals properly after treatment. We will discuss how many follow-up appointments you'll need or whether you can incorporate at-home therapies.
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Reduce Chronic Skin Condition Symptoms
At Clear Lake Dermatology in Webster and League City, TX we proudly offer innovative phototherapy treatments to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, and some skin cancers. These procedures can provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with these conditions or can treat skin cancer. To learn more, please schedule a consultation at one of our offices in the Clear Lake region south of Houston. Our team strives to provide innovative options that help you feel more comfortable and live better.