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How long does the puva treatment take?

Not my field: I am not a dermatologist and cannot answer that question. ...Read more

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Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Not any more, mostly: Puva stands for "psoralen plus ultraviolet-a" - you take a drug called psoralen, which sensitizes your skin to long-wave uv light, then you go in a uv light box. It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a puva treatment?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a puva treatment?

Phototherapy: Puva, means psoralen ultraviolet a. This is a treatment for certain skiin diseases, like psoriasis or vitiligo, where a chemical made from a plant, called psoralen, is ingested or applied to the skin rash, and then the patient is exposed to certain kinds of light, called ultraviolet light a. Some dermatologists check the patients liver , and for lupus, by doing a blood test before puva is started. ...Read more

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I m suffering from psoriasis. Despite of certain treatment it is relapsing having it on palm and ankles should I go for puva therapy to stop spreading?

I m suffering from psoriasis. Despite of certain treatment it is relapsing having it on palm and ankles should I go for puva therapy to stop spreading?

One option: There are many treatments for psoriasis including ointments, steroids, methotrexate, puva, anti tnf Alpha therapy. Which treatment is best for you depends on prior treatments, other health problems, other medications you take, and the extent of your disease. I would recommend you talk this over with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What must I know about puva for atopic dermatitis?

What must I know about puva for atopic dermatitis?

Several: Puva therapy, or psoralen plus uva, is an effective therapy but unfortunately has some side effects. It can make you sun sensitive, and it is very important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes while on this therapy. Additionally, psoralen ingestion can lead to GI upset. ...Read more

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What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

What's puva's value for atopic dermatitis?

Help severe patients: Puva is a last resort therapy for patients with atopic dermatitis; most can be controlled and treated with other methods, and puva treatments increase the risk that a patient will develop skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. A study from japan in 1993 showed 81% of patients responded. Only an experienced dermatologist does this treatment. Link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8485113. ...Read more

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Why might I need puva for atopic dermatitis?

Why might I need puva for atopic dermatitis?

If nothing works: A person would only need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis if all the other treatments tried had failed to bring about improvement in the condition. These include antihistamines, topical anti-inflammatory creams, excellent skin hydration and searches for triggers that can be treated with avoidance or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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What are risks of puva for atopic dermatitis?

What are risks of puva for atopic dermatitis?

Several: Puva therapy, or psoralen plus uva, is an effective therapy but unfortunately has some side effects. It can make you sun sensitive, and it is very important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes while on this therapy. Additionally, psoralen ingestion can lead to GI upset. ...Read more

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What must I expect from puva for atopic dermatitis?

What must I expect from puva for atopic dermatitis?

Several: Puva therapy, or psoralen plus uva, is an effective therapy but unfortunately has some side effects. It can make you sun sensitive, and it is very important to take precautions to protect your skin and eyes while on this therapy. Additionally, psoralen ingestion can lead to GI upset. ...Read more

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How effective is puva for dermatitis?

How effective is puva for dermatitis?

UVB better choice: Puva is effective for treatment of certain skin diseases such as psoriasis and vitiligo but it has been replaced with uvb light therapy mainly due to the higher risk of skin cancer with puva compared to uvb. Since narrow band uvb therapy has been shown to be just as effective if not more than puva with less risk of skin cancer and side-effects, uvb is considered a better option. ...Read more

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How long does treatment take for trich?

Usually just 1 dose: The most common treatment is a single dose of metronidazole (Flagyl® and others) or tinidazole (Tindamax®), although treatment for 5-7 days is more reliable. Vaginal discharge should lessen in a couple of days, but it make take a week or more to clear up completely. If your symptoms aren't gone after a week, return to your doctor for further evaluation. Your sex partner(s) also must be treated. ...Read more

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Why does treatment for anthrax take so long?

Why does treatment for anthrax take so long?

Long prevention: Anthrax, once clinically evident, usually kills quickly and treatment is not very effective. You may be referring to the 60 day course of antibiotics prescribed for some one exposed to anthrax. This is based on the findings of an outbreak in russia. Exposed individuals developed the disease up to 60 days after exposure. ...Read more

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Treatment for thrombophlebitis takes how long to improve?

Treatment for thrombophlebitis takes how long to improve?

Variable: The deep and superficial thrombophlebitis resolve at variable rates. Usually over 2 or 3 months for the vessel to re-canalize . However sometimes the vein does not recanalize. ...Read more

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How long does halitosis treatment take?

How long does halitosis treatment take?

Depends on the cause: Halitosis has multiple causes and therefore multiple treatments. If it is caused by poor dentition (bad teeth) treatment can take a while until the teeth and gums are healthy. If its from infected tonsils it could be short with just antibiotics or longer requiring tonsillectomy. If its from reflux (stomach juice coming up) it requires diet, lifestyle modification and medication. ...Read more

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How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases, the overall treatment time will last about 15 minutes. The time is much longer for radiosurgery. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of seminal vasiculitis. How long it takes to cure.?

What is the treatment of seminal vasiculitis. How long it takes to cure.?

Depends on the cause: Of inflammation. Most cases of inflammation of seminal vesicles are associated with inflammation of epididymus are commonly due to sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are usual causes. The medication and duration of treatment would depend on the sensitivity profile of the organisms in your area. Please see your doctor asap and see this site for information. http://www.ncbi.nlm. ...Read more

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How long does it take for chylamydia discharge to go away after treatment?

How long does it take for chylamydia discharge to go away after treatment?

Here are some ...: If effective, urethral discharge should subside in 1-3 days and fade to disappear in 5-7 days; of course, symptoms go away. If not, consider possible ineffectiveness of antibiotics or miss correct Dx so to search for other possible causes through analyzing Hx + physical exam + more needed tests. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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How long does it take for BV symptoms to go away once treatment is started?

How long does it take for BV symptoms to go away once treatment is started?

Quickly: Current treatments are very effective so we see symptoms improve within 1-2 days. To reduce the chance of recurrence, the full course of treatment should be used. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long in orthodontic treatment will it take to get elastics?

Depends...: Use of elastics depends on the clinical needs. Please ask your orthodontist about this. Otherwise you will not be able to get an answer that is specific for your condition. ...Read more

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