What is phototherapy and how does it work?
Phototherapy is the use of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to treat skin disorders. It works by temporarily modulating the skin immune function and the turnover of cells in the skin and also by increasing pigmentation, reducing bacteria and building up the skin barrier.
What is phototherapy used to treat?
Many skin conditions including psoriasis and some forms of eczema, itching skin conditions, vitiligo, skin lymphoma and some forms of sun allergy.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
As with all treatments some adverse effects can be experienced, and delivery of therapy requires specialist expertise to minimize this. The team at OneWelbeck has long term exceptional expertise in this field. In the short-term burning and itching can be experienced and triggering of cold sores in susceptible individuals. The eyes must be protected. Long term there is a very small risk of aging of the skin and increase in skin cancer although this has not been demonstrated in real life studies as cumulative dosage is carefully monitored.
How do I book?
Whether you have a GP referral, or you are self-referring, you’ll need to book a consultation with one of our expert phototherapy consultants, who will then take you through the phototherapy process. Simply fill out the form below, or call us on 020 3653 2007.