What are Narrowband UVB phototherapy treatments?
Daavlin is a narrow band UVB phototherapy treatment for psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema and other skin conditions. It takes advantage of a very specific anti-inflammatory wavelength of light in the UVB spectrum and has been used for decades. Narrow band UVB has proven to be the most effective phototherapy treatment option for thousands of psoriasis patients all over the world.* It is a very popular option because it is safe and easy. Clinical trials using Narrow Band UVB have demonstrated high clearance rates for psoriasis patients.*
What can I expect during treatments?
During treatment your skin is exposed to a special type of light from a lamp called a phototherapy unit. These units come in many shapes and sizes and range from hand-held and table-top models for spot treatment of small areas, to large “walk-in” units for full-body treatment. We will determine which type of light will work best for you.
Phototherapy is a painless therapy in which affected areas of your skin are exposed to light. A common treatment plan consists of about three treatments a week over a span of several weeks. Treatment times are typically brief, usually lasting only minutes. We may suggest use of petrolatum, mineral oil or other agents to make your skin more responsive to the light. Most of our patients find Daavlin phototherapy treatments much less burdensome than applying and reapplying messy topical medications or using injectable drugs.
What can I expect from the results?
The length of results varies from patient to patient, and between treatment indications. Typically psoriasis and eczema patients will see much faster results (a few weeks) than vitiligo patients (a few months).* The most important thing is to be consistent with your treatments, and to follow your treatment plan.
Phototherapy is very effective in treating the symptoms of psoriasis, vitiligo and other skin disorders.* But unfortunately, there are no cures for these conditions, so with any treatment flare-ups can still occur. How long the clearing of symptoms will last can vary from person to person, but phototherapy treatments can begin again at any time if your symptoms return. Once your skin is clear, we will likely recommend a “maintenance” program to keep you clear longer. Maintenance treatments are typically once a week but can be as infrequent as once a month.
Schedule a consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA
If you suffer from psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema or any of the other skin conditions listed below, schedule a consultation today. We have a variety of treatments and services that can help you look and feel like yourself again. To get started, schedule your consultation online, or give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody) or (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry).