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Ultraviolet phototherapy (UVB)

Light treatment for skin conditions

HCA UK provides light treatment for skin conditions to treat a range of disorders, including psoriasis and eczema.

About

Ultraviolet phototherapy is used to provide an alternative method of treatment for inflammatory skin conditions. It uses fluorescent light bulbs and ultraviolet B (UVB) wavelengths of light to clear the condition and reduce inflammation.

Need to know

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    Ultraviolet phototherapy UVB can help to treat a range of chronic skin conditions including: psoriasis, eczema, polymorphic light eruption, generalised itching, pityriasis lichenoides, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, lichen planus and vitiligo.

    There are two main types of ultraviolet phototherapy UVB:

    • broadband UVB (BBUVB), where the full UVB light spectrum is used.
    • narrowband UVB (NBUVB), where a small part of the UVB light spectrum is used.

    During ultraviolet phototherapy, the treatment is given in a walk-in light box that contains fluorescent light bulbs. Ultraviolet phototherapy is quick, non invasive and pain-free.

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    Ultraviolet phototherapy UVB is a very safe procedure; however there are some risks and side effects involved which your consultant will explain to you.

    Ultraviolet phototherapy treatment typically takes a few seconds initially, and this will gradually increase to several minutes over the course of your treatment. In order to get the maximum benefit from the therapy, you will need to have treatment two or three times a week, over a course of up to 30 sessions.

    During the treatment, you will be required to undress and wear goggles for the protection of your eyes, as well as a visor (or face shield) if the skin on your face is unaffected.
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    After the procedure, you should be free to go home straight away, once the nurse has analysed your condition. They will also advise you on how to best manage your ongoing treatment and pain relief and whether your usual daily routines will be affected.

    You may experience some redness or blistering after your treatment, it’s important to tell us if this happens. You may also find that your skin condition worsens temporarily after treatment. Again, you should inform your specialist nurse or consultant if this happens, in case we need to adjust your treatment to let it settle down.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Elstree facility

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Business Park

    Beaufort House, Elstree Road, Elstree WD6 3BS

    Call 020 3907 4500

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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