Phototherapy is basically using light to treat skin diseases. The light we use is narrowband ultraviolet B light.
This type of light can be used to treat several chronic skin conditions including vitiligo, psoriasis and eczema.
How does this form of treatment work?
To receive this treatment, you will undress and stand in the middle of a chamber surrounded by ultraviolet lamps.
Without touching the lamps, treatment begins with ultraviolet light flowing from the lamps to all the skin of your body.
Eyes and sensitive areas are covered with protective gears.
Each treatment session is normally brief, often taking less than a few minutes to complete.
Is the treatment painful?
There is no pain during treatment. Some people may find it a bit warm if treatment time is long enough.
What happens after treatment?
Once treatment is completed, you may dress up and go home.
How many sessions do I need?
Speak to our doctor for more information. Treatment is normally repeated a few times a week to achieve optimal effect.
Are there any side effects?
Potential side effects include sunburn, skin aging and in theory, may increase the risk of skin cancer. However, these risks are minimal and phototherapy is generally considered safe.
If you would like to find out more about this form of treatment and how it can help with your skin condition, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.
Dr Lim Chun Siong currently practises at DTAP Clinic @ Holland V.