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In phototherapy, skin is exposed to an ultraviolet (UV) light source for a set amount of time. It is used to treat certain skin conditions. UV lights are rays of light from the sun that are not visible. Phototherapy uses a man-made source of UV light for treatment.
Skin conditions that are treated with phototherapy include:
- Psoriasis —a skin disorder that causes red, silvery, scaly patches on the skin
- Atopic dermatitis —eczema (itchy, red skin condition) or dermatitis due to allergies
- Mycosis fugoides (cutaneous T-cell lymphoma)—a type of lymphoma confined to the skin
- Vitiligo —a skin disorder where normal skin pigment is lost due to destruction of pigment-producing cells by the immune system
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The UV lights may negatively affect your skin in a number of ways, including:
- Skin conditions could temporarily worsen
- Itchy skin
- Red skin due to exposure to the lights
- Burning of the skin
PUVA treatment specifically may cause:
- Nausea (if you took the psoralen pills)
- Burning skin
- Cataracts (lens of eye becomes cloudy, affecting vision)
If you have received a great number of phototherapy treatments, you may be at risk for:
- Premature aging of the skin, such as wrinkling and dryness
- Age spots or freckles may appear
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Allergy to sunlight
- Pregnancy or nursing
- Medical conditions (such as skin cancer or lupus ) that require...