Phototherapy/ Excimer light treatment
Phototherapy for vitiligo and psoriasis
What is phototherapy treatment?
Phototherapy treatment uses ultraviolet (UV) light of a particular wavelength to bring about immunological changes in the skin.
The light that is absorbed by the skin suppresses the immunological cells called T cells, natural killer cells and the cytokines produced by these cells. In vitiligo, phototherapy also stimulates the melanocytes (colour producing cells) around the hair roots to proliferate, thereby helping in repigmentation of white patches in vitiligo.
At Twacha Skin and Hair Clinic, Kochi, we are proud to have one of the best UVB light systems in the world - Excimer 308 from Alma Lasers.
Twacha Skin and Hair Clinic offers phototherapy treatment for vitiligo and psoriasis using a hand held device that is simple, less time- consuming, less cumbersome to patient and is more targeted.
What are the uses of phototherapy?
Phototherapy has been found useful in the treatment of -
- Alopecia areata
- Chronic eczema
- Atopic dermatitis
- Mycosis fungoides
What is the dosing schedule?
The patient is required to come to the clinic twice or thrice a week for the phototherapy treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Phototherapy done under monitoring and strict guidelines is usually not associated with side effects.
Redness and blistering are seen rarely.