IMMUNOPHOTOTHERAPY

Immunophototherapy refers to a new treatment modality which combines the principals of immunotherapy (allergy injections) and phototherapy (narrow band ultraviolet phototherapy) in the treatment of allergic skin conditions. Immunophototherapy is the ultimate treatment for allergic skin conditions such as eczema and is only available at the Corpus Christi Allergy, Asthma and Dermatology Clinic.

Narrow Band UVB:

UVB (ultraviolet B light) is the most common form of phototherapy used to treat various skin disease, including psoriasis, eczema and itching. You will be exposed to this high energy UV light for a varying length of time. This treatment is NOT A CURE, but can effectively control or improve your disease. Patients have used this treatment successfully for many years and often are able to maintain clearance or improved skin over extended periods of time.

Each condition and patient will vary in the number of treatments needed per week and the time it will take to reach clearing. Most patients initially require 3 to 5 treatments each week to clear their lesions. Typically, treatments start with only a few seconds of light exposure and increase gradually as determined by the staff. It may take 15-25 treatments or longer to improve your disease. Not all patients will clear completely. After clearing, your skin may be maintained in a relatively clear state with fewer treatments every 1-2 weeks. Many patients go into remission and may then stop treatments.

Narrow Band UVB phototherapy solves the problem of over-exposure to ultraviolet light by maximizing delivery of narrow-band UVB light while minimizing exposure to excessive conventional UV light. This allows patients to receive phototherapy treatments with less risk of severe burning or pathogenic exposure to UV light in harmful ranges. Some skin conditions treated by Narrow Band UVB are psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, mycosis fungoides and other skin conditions.

The Expected Benefits of Phototherapy are:

  1. Improvement of existing lesions
  2. Reduction of new lesions
  3. Remission - In many cases phototherapy has resulted in a near total clearing of the disease process. The duration of this remission varies with each patient. Maintenance therapy may be required.

Risks and Side Effects of Phototherapy:

  1. The most common side effect of this therapy is UVB induced sunburn. This may occur at any time during therapy. Certain drugs may also cause you to get sunburned. Please let your doctor/nurse know of any medications you are taking, or any that you begin while undergoing therapy.
  2. It is possible with any form of UV light that an increased incidence of skin cancer may occur later in some patients, usually only with many UV light treatments.
  3. UV treatments may cause dryness and itching.
  4. UV treatments may age the skin over time and may increase freckles and pigmentation of the skin.
  5. Ultraviolet rays may damage the eyes and increase your risk of cataracts. This is preventable with protective eye goggles worn during treatment. These will be given to you and will be required for treatment.
  6. UV light may cause a flare of fever blisters and mouth sores in susceptible people.
  7. Long term UV exposure to the unprotected genital area in men may cause an increase in genital cancer. Therefore, all men will wear an athletic supporter while in the light box.

SKIN CONDITIONS TREATED WITH UVB AND/OR PUVA

UVB
PUVA
  1. Psoriasis
  2. Eczema
  3. Photodermatoses
  4. Pruritis
  5. Pityriasis rosea
  6. Lichen planus
  7. Pityriasis lichenoides
  8. Acne
  9. Parapsoriasis
  10. Pruritic eruptions of HIV infection
  11. Other skin diseases
  1. Psoriasis
  2. Mycosis fungoides
  3. Vitiligo
  4. Eczema
  5. Photodermatoses
  6. Lichen planus
  7. Pityriasis lichenoides
  8. Parapsoriasis
  9. Pruritic eruptions of HIVinfection
  10. Pruritus, other causes
  11. Alopecia areata
  12. Other skin diseases


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