PUVA is an excellent skin care treatment for patients with chronic, stubborn conditions such as psoriasis, vitililigo and eczema. Over 25 years of PUVA experience have proven that it is an extremely effective and generally safe treatment modality. Most patients receive extraordinary results with PUVA and many obtain extended remission from their skin disease.
WHAT IS PUVA?
PUVA is a treatment method, which involves exposure of the skin to an ultraviolet A light. Ultraviolet A light, produces relatively little effect when used alone. A drug called psoralen, when taken orally or applied directly to the skin increases the sensitivity of the skin to ultraviotlet A light, thus enhancing its beneficial effect. The combination of psoralen and ultraviolet A light is called PUVA.
Ultraviolet A light is delivered by specialized units lined with columns of lamps. The first exposure will last only seconds. Exposure time will be slowly increased according to response. Within two or three months, as the skin clears, a maintenance schedule will be assumed.