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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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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 It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts.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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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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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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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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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