We’ve long known that outbreaks respond favorably to sunlight and even tanning beds. However, collateral skin damage (wrinkles and permanent discoloration) and risk of skin cancer simply make it not worth experimenting with that method on your own. Dr. M. Christine Lee offers a much safer alternative – phototherapy.
Your immune system creates white blood cells to fight infection. A malfunction in the immune system causes some of those cells to trigger skin inflammation. It also causes skin cells to be generated too quickly. They simply pile up in patches of red skin or silvery scales. That’s psoriasis.
Lite Box therapy treats skin with a concentrated dose of shortwave UVB rays, focused only on the affected area. As UVB energy penetrates the skin, growth of affected cells slows down resulting in improvement in the appearance of the psoriasis – smoother, lighter skin. This method avoids the hazards of the potentially more damaging long-wave UVA rays, which go deeper into the skin.
Safe, affordable Lite Box therapy may be used on its own, or can complement topical creams, oral medications, and UVB laser techniques. Following a thorough evaluation of your medical history and lifestyle, and an examination of your skin, Dr. Lee develops an individualized program to manage your psoriasis. When treatment includes UVB therapy, the intensity and duration are closely controlled to bring your condition into remission.
Treatment sessions are painless. However, you may experience some redness or your psoriasis may worsen immediately after treatment. Rest assured this is normal and very temporary – it will resolve quickly as you see improved skin emerge.
You don't have to suffer the embarrassment of another severe psoriasis outbreak – call The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute for a consultation. Find out how effectively Lite Box therapy can bring your psoriasis under control.
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