Narrowband Ultraviolet Light
Ultraviolet Light B (UVB) is an effective treatment for psoriasis. It is found in natural sunlight. It penetrates the skin and slows the growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis. There are two types of UVB light, broadband and narrowband. Our office utilizes narrow-band UVB – which is a more specific type of light. Studies indicate that narrow-band UVB can clear psoriasis faster and produces longer remissions than broadband UVB. It also may be effective with fewer treatments per week than broad-band UVB.
Treatment is administered in our office by a nurse or medical assistant. Usually, the patient undresses to expose all affected areas to the ultraviolet light. He or she then stands in a treatment booth lined with UVB lamps and the nurse or medical assistant administers the light treatment. A person will generally receive treatments three times per week and has regular follow up visits with their doctor. UVB treatment is used in conjunction with topical medications prescribed by your physician.