Using DermaHealer to Treat Psoriasis and Vitiligo

DermaHealer is a conveniently portable and cost-effective UVB phototherapy lamp that can be used to treat different skin disorders, including psoriasis and vitiligo.

dermahealerIt is lightweight and handy that is why the normally difficult task of treating the scalp becomes easy, especially with the help of its slip-on comb attachment.

With the DermaHealer, UVB therapy is attainable. Given the most recent data in photo-dermatology, it can successfully treat psoriasis and vitiligo, as well as alopecia areata, wrinkles, and other skin problems all over the body.

Below are some therapy examples using the DermaHealer to guide you in using your own UVB lamp to treat your skin condition. These examples are to be seen as standard values, but you would have to coordinate with your dermatologist to check if you need more or less of this exposure.

In order to attain stable irradiation intensity at short irradiation times, the lamp must be switched on approximately 30 seconds before starting with treatment. Also, for it to be more effective, pre-treat your scalp and/or skin by removing the scales.

For the sake of simplification, the descriptions below are based on type 2 skin, which applies to most Central Europeans.

Guide values for type 2 skin, first exposure :

• Approximately 60 seconds for each irradiated area of the body

• Approximately 5 to 6 minutes for the entire hair-covered scalp

The duration of the first exposure for hair-covered scalp relies upon the amount of hair and its thickness. The comb is meant to partition the hair and let the UV irradiation to get through to the scalp.

The guide value for the percentage increase per exposure for type 2 skin is 25 to 30 percent.

Guide values for the maximum final exposure time to complete the irradiation treatment are:

• Approximately 3 to 4 minutes for each irradiated area

• Approximately 20 minutes, 2 times a day for the entire hair-covered scalp (preferably once in the morning and once in the evening)

Treatment Samples

Please note that your dermatologist should be the one to determine the initial treatment time, and the increase or decrease of treatment time.

Sample 1: Psoriasis of a hair-covered scalp

Therapy: UVB-311nm therapy

Unit: DermaHealer with comb attachment

Patient’s skin type: Type 2

Irradiation distance: 2-3 cm (kept automatically by the comb attachment)

Duration of first exposure: 5-6 minutes for the entire scalp

Increase of exposure time per follow-up exposure: 20%-30% of previous exposure time

Maximum exposure time: 20 minutes, 2 times a day for the entire scalp (one in the morning and one in the evening)

Duration of treatment: 4-6 weeks, longer for more severe cases

Frequency of irradiation: 4-7 times per week

Decrease the next treatment time by 2 minutes if skin irritations appear. Try to increase the time again after two further treatments.

Sample 2: Psoriasis of a small circumscribed area of skin

Therapy: UVB-311nm therapy

Unit: DermaHealer with comb attachment

Patient’s skin type: Type 2

Irradiation distance: 2-3 cm

Duration of first exposure: 45-60 seconds per irradiated area

Increase of exposure time per follow-up exposure: 20%-30 % of previous exposure time

Maximum exposure time: 3-4 minutes per irradiated area

Duration of treatment: 3-4 weeks, longer for more severe cases

Frequency of irradiation: 4-5 times a week

Decrease the next treatment time by 20 seconds if skin irritations appear. Try to increase the time again after two further treatments.

Sample 3: Vitiligo

Distance: 3 cm. Use the comb attachment as a distance holder. The comb attachment does not affect the treatment.

Frequency: 3 times a week

Maximum exposure time: 4 minutes, 40 seconds

Decrease the next treatment time by 20 seconds if skin irritations appear. Try to increase the time again after two further treatments.

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