Phototherapy Patient Information
I suffered for 10+ years with psoriasis on my hands and feet. The skin was raw, itchy, broken and sore... Washing my hair, getting dressed, doing dishes and even driving was painful. My feet became so encased with psoriasis I had to buy a larger size shoe. I tried every topical and several systemic solutions to little or no avail. Within weeks of using the Handisol II I noticed a tremendous difference and after using [it] for a year, my hands and feet are clear. I am so thankful for National Biologic for making this phototherapy device available and amazed at the difference it has made. Thank you, Georgianna, August 2013
Psoriasis and light therapy
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is characterized by patches of inflamed red skin. Psoriasis develops because the outer layers of skin cells reproduce too fast. Recent studies show that psoriasis may be an immune disorder in which T-cells behave abnormally. Psoriasis causes pain, itching, and limited motion. It also causes stress and impacts quality of daily life.
How Does UV Light Treatment help Psoriasis?
UV psoriasis light treatment, also known as UV Phototherapy, exposes the T-cells, causing them to die. In this way, the light therapy reduces inflammation, and slows the rate of skin cell production.
What is psoriasis light treatment Like? What Results can I Expect?
During the psoriasis light treatment clearing phase, UV Phototherapy entails exposing affected skin to light of specific wavelength for some seconds. Light treatments are 3 to 5 times a week with increasing exposures. Psoriasis light therapy typically clears skin in 20-25 sessions. Long-term remission occurs for 90% of psoriasis patients. Psoriasis light treatment is generally well-tolerated in both adults and children with psoriasis.
For More Information
The use of UVB light for psoriasis has been studied for many years.
- Read article summaries on use of Phototherapy in psoriasis
- Safety research of NB-UVB Phototherapy and biologics
- Visit the National Psoriasis Foundation Support Group
- The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Psoriasis
- The Mayo Clinic Guide to Treatment of Psoriasis
- American Academy of Dermatology Phototherapy for Psoriasis
- American Osteopathic College of Dermatology's Overview of UVB Phototherapy
Home Phototherapy Equipment
Our Phototherapy equipment has been well-studied and has been proven to be highly effective for treatment of psoriasis. Home Phototherapy units are usually reimbursed by insurance. The right Phototherapy unit is based on the size of the affected area. Our most popular units include the 6-foot Panosol 3D® for moderate to severe psoriasis, a Handisol II® for more moderate patches, and the DermaLume 2X wand for small areas of psoriasis or for scalp psoriasis treatment.
Covered by most insurance carriers. Federal law restricts the sale of this device by or on the order of a physician. We are the only company certified to ship phototherapy units to Canada.