Although there is no known cure for skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo, phototherapy is an established treatment option that typically provides positive results in at least 80% of the cases. Prescription drugs, on the other hand, are suitable for fewer people, and produce results that only provide clearance of about 45% to 60%, plus some severe side effects.
In many cases, UVB lamps present the best treatment option for eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo. UVB phototherapy is one of the least costly treatments in terms of attaining treatment success, and possibly the safest way to manage psoriasis. Furthermore, home UVB phototherapy is suggested to patients who need long-term UVB as a maintenance treatment to eliminate most of the main inconveniences of phototherapy, like costs for each treatment session, frequent travel to the phototherapy center, and lost time from school or work.
Given the clear advantage of home phototherapy treatment, products such as DermaHealer and Dermalight were created as home phototherapy devices that are significantly more effective in treating skin conditions, with the least amount of side effects. These UVB lamps are fitted with a narrowband UVB 311nm that has been well proven in many clinical trials for the treatment of psoriasis. And, because it is handheld, you can have more controlled exposure, reducing treatment expenses and time. Also, as soon as you are done with treatment, you can easily keep your UVB lamp until your next use.
In general, phototherapy shows improvement in your eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, or other skin condition in just a few sessions. And, with a portable UVB lamp, you can treat your skin disorder in the convenience of your own home.
Also, when other methods of treating eczema, psoriasis, or vitiligo are not working, adding phototherapy might help. Combination treatments, such as phototherapy and topical agents, or biologics and phototherapy, can play an important role in finding relief from your skin condition. This is particularly useful if systemic medications alone cannot handle your specific situation.
Many people have attested that they have had excellent results using biologics and phototherapy in serial combination on psoriasis. Initially, patients are subjected to phototherapy to clear away the thick, scaly plaques on the skin, and then a biologic, like alefacept, is used.
Distance is crucial with UVB rays. For every inch between you and the UVB lamp, there is a substantial decrease in UV light effectiveness. Light meter testing demonstrates a 50% decrease in UVB output after six inches of travel. An intense 70% drop occurs at a mere ten inches away.
Old UVB lamps were bulky, huge, and stationary. They were fashioned to accommodate the largest bodies, but the design requires an excessive number of lamps to counterbalance the distance discrepancy for smaller bodies. Additionally, the majority of users were positioned beyond the ten inch mark, which means that the treatment against psoriasis despite the additional UVB lamps is only 30% effective.
Portable handheld UVB phototherapy lamps, on the other hand, are designed to be used on every inch of the body, without any problems with distance, given that you can even touch the affected area with the UVB lamp itself, although this is not advisable. A distance of 2 inches allows for maximum efficiency in treatment.