Phototherapy is a form of dermatology treatment which has been for many decades for treatment common skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, pruritus, vitiligo, and lichen planus.
Phototherapy has been refined over the years, with the most common form of phototherapy now being narrowband UVB treatment. Available at Camberwell Dermatology, this form of phototherapy emits ultraviolet radiation at 311 to 312nm wavelength. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of narrowband UVB phototherapy for skin conditions.
Treatment 2 to 3 times daily can significantly improve widespread psoriasis or eczema over several weeks. Initial treatments only last 1-2 minutes, but this incrementally increases to times up to 10 to 15 minutes depending on skin type.
Please discuss with your dermatologist whether phototherapy would be appropriate for your skin condition. You will need to understand the benefits and potential side effects of treatment. Phototherapy treatment is covered by Medicare Australia for Australian residents.