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UV Light Therapy in Arlington TX

UV (ultraviolet) light therapy is a means of using short-wave UV radiation to treat various types of skin disorders. The procedure involves having the patient stand in a unit at least three times a week (sometimes five), in order to receive UV light treatments that will turn the skin a bit pink. Your skin won’t burn – you might get a bit of a “sunburn” effect, but usually it will ease in no longer than eight hours following treatment. The effect on the body is similar to that of the sun, so it’s important that your practitioner knows the right level of treatment, and it’s also important that you follow the treatment by using emollients. Various skin conditions can be treated using UV light therapy in Arlington TX. Psoriasis Psoriasis is an uncomfortable skin disorder. It can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. Often, psoriasis is hereditary. UV light treatment can offer relief to most patients who have psoriasis, but it may not be suitable for people who are very fair-haired, or for people who find that their psoriasis gets worse when they’re exposed to the sun.
First treatments for psoriasis usually take only about five minutes, and they’re administered three times per week. Later on, the length of exposure increases, and may extend to as long as half an hour per treatment. Resistant cases can still be alleviated by another type of UV treatment, or by means of oral medications or ointments. Dermatitis When dermatitis is severe (for instance, atopic eczema) or resistant to treatment, UV light therapy can be helpful. The course of therapy may need to be longer, though, than that needed for psoriasis. Vitiglio Vitiglio is an abnormal whitening of the skin. It can be treated, but since white skin burns so much more easily than darker skin, UV treatments have to be undertaken with caution, and the time spent under the light will be considerably less than for other types of skin problems. Because of this, it can often take several months before improvement is noticed. Other Skin Problems Other skin problems that respond well to UV light therapy include prurigo, pityriasis lichenoides, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, symptomatic dermographism and generalized itching. Getting the Most From Your Treatment To ensure that you get the best results, keep all your appointments, let us know if you’re taking medications, and don’t use any cosmetics other than the ones we approve. UV light therapy can provide relief from many skin issues, so call Zen Interventional Pain and Wellness Center at 1-888-499-6908 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Antonio Rozier.