What is photo therapy or PUVA for severe psoriasis?
Severe cases of psoriasis often require photo therapy at a hospital or specialized clinic for about 2-3 weeks. (This type of treatment plan is called the Goeckerman therapy.) First, an application of coal tar ointment sensitizes your skin. Your skin is then exposed to ultraviolet light. Coal-tar when exposed on your skin and ultraviolet light or sunlight will simply burn away the patches, layers of scaly skin. Great care should be taken for potential side effects with this treatment. A new class of oral medications (Psoralen) are often used with ultraviolet A irradiation to control severe psoriasis in some people. This treatment is called a PUVA treatment. Today UVB Phototheraphy Treatments are probably the best option to get psoriasis, and other skin disorders, under control. Excellent Home Phototherapeutic Equipment are available through this web site.