Many people suffer from psoriasis and eczema on their hands and feet, and we are now able to improve these conditions with phototherapy treatments using UVB or UVA light. Phototherapy is a treatment that is minimally invasive and can reduce skin inflammation in very specific areas without causing damage to unaffected surrounding skin.
One of the greatest aspects of phototherapy is that the treatments are generally very quick, lasting anywhere from less than a minute to a few minutes. In most cases, you will need to have more than one session per week over a period of several weeks in order to see positive results, but treatments can be conveniently completed in our office.
If you are experiencing psoriasis or eczema on your hands and feet and would like to explore the phototherapy treatment option, the first step is to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation. During your examination, you will be asked about all the medications you are currently taking. Phototherapy is not always the best choice for individuals who are taking certain prescription and over-the-counter medications – so it’s important to discuss your medication regimen with us. Also, if you are prone to sunburn, if you suffer from skin rashes when you are in the sun, of if you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, be sure to let us know.
Why is Phototherapy a Great Treatment Alternative?
If you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or another type of skin disorder, you may be well aware of the fact that topical medications do not always relieve the symptoms. When a skin condition does not respond to traditional treatments, it can be both frustrating and intolerable.
Phototherapy is a revolutionary alternative when topical and/or oral medications are not effective treatments for psoriasis and eczema. For individuals who have been suffering from these conditions, phototherapy is often the answer. Because phototherapy is minimally invasive, it is becoming a widely utilized and effective treatment.
Sticking with a Treatment Plan
If it is determined that you are an excellent candidate for phototherapy, it’s essential that you stick with the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Phototherapy must be administered on a specific schedule in order to achieve optimal results. Also, it may be determined that your treatments should coincide with additional oral or topical medications.
There is no need to suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or any other skin condition without exploring whether phototherapy would be a viable treatment option. Millions of people across the world suffer from these and other skin disorders. Now that phototherapy is more widely available as an FDA-approved treatment method, it is anticipated that many more will benefit from successful results.