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Have you been diagnosed with a skin condition such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, mycosis fungoides/cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, lichen planus, granuloma annulare, or chronic itch? If so, then you understand the symptoms and discomfort that are associated with them. If you are looking for an effective treatment to improve both the look and physical symptoms of these skin diseases, then NB-UVB phototherapy may be a great option! Our team of dermatology specialists is highly skilled in treating all types of skin conditions, so you can be sure you are in good hands. 

What is NB-UVB Phototherapy?

Narrowband UVB phototherapy (NB-UVB) is used to treat a number of skin diseases, including psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, lichen planus, itching, and much more. It works by using a specific wavelength of ultraviolet-B light (UVB), which penetrates the skin to reduce inflammation. 

Narrowband UVB phototherapy offers many benefits compared to broadband UVB, including:

  • Shorter exposure times
  • Longer periods of skin disease remission
  • Shorter treatment courses
  • More effective results

Who is a Good Candidate for NB-UVB Phototherapy?

Healthy individuals who have psoriasis, eczema, or other skin conditions that they would like to treat can benefit from NB-UVB phototherapy. However, those who have certain health conditions that make them sensitive to UV light should not undergo these treatments. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is through a consultation with one of our dermatology specialists. 

What to Expect During NB-UVB Phototherapy?

For best results, patients should receive NB-UVB treatments 2-3 times a week. Goggles will need to be worn to protect your eyes. If your whole body is being treated, you will undress and stand inside a private phototherapy machine for a short period of time. Males will need to protect their genitals with underwear or a jockstrap. Each treatment is quick, usually taking seconds to minutes.

Phototherapy FAQs

Is phototherapy safe?

Phototherapy is safe when used for the appropriate skin conditions and performed by a qualified dermatologist.

What are the side effects of phototherapy?

While phototherapy is a generally safe procedure, it can cause some side effects. These may include skin rashes or loose stools.

What is phototherapy good for?

In dermatology, phototherapy can be useful for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, vitiligo, acne, or cutaneous lymphoma. It is also used for conditions such as depression, seasonal affective disorder, or jaundice.

Does phototherapy age your skin?

An excessive number of phototherapy treatments could cause wrinkling, dryness, or other premature signs of aging. A qualified dermatologist will understand how to avoid these issues.

How long is a phototherapy session?

On average, each phototherapy session will last about 15 minutes. This varies depending on your specific treatment plan.

NB-UVB Phototherapy Recovery

There is no downtime following each treatment, however, the skin may turn slightly pink in color. Temporary itching, stinging, or burning may also occur in the treated area. Skin conditions tend to become less noticeable after about 5-10 treatments. Most people need 15-25 treatments to dramatically improve their skin condition. Be sure to follow your specialist’s specific instructions regarding recovery to ensure the best possible results. 

Schedule a Consultation 

Are you looking for an effective solution to improve the look and feel of your skin condition? If so, NB-UVB phototherapy could be right for you! Contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment. HMGS Dermatology has been one of South Jersey’s leading phototherapy centers for the past 30+ years. Patients travel far and wide to experience our state-of-the-art phototherapy units. We would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have.

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