Phototherapy NB-UVB

Narrowband UVB phototherapy

Narrowband UVB is the most common form of phototherapy used to treat skin diseases which utilizes a specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, 311 to 312nm. This narrowband range of UV radiation is proven to be most efficacious for the treatment of a number of skin diseases while filtering out wavelengths of light that are more damaging to the skin. Treatment can be delivered to the entire body or targeted to a part of the body by covering unaffected areas of the skin.

Who should consider narrowband UVB phototherapy?

It is most often used in the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. It may also be used in the treatment of many other skin conditions including but not limited to vitiligo, pruritis, lichen planus, atopic dermatitis, and early cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Are there side effects or risks associated with narrowband UVB?

Possible side effects include redness, stinging and burning. Side effects are infrequent and usually short lasting.

What does the treatment involve?

Patients are treated with phototherapy two to three times weekly. Each treatment is as short as 5 to 10 minutes. The patient is placed in a specially designed chamber containing long, tubular UVB lightbulbs.

Phototherapy staff are present throughout the entire treatment course to carefully monitor the amount of UV. A specific protocol is used depending on the patient’s skin type, age, skin condition and other factors.

How quickly will I see results?

The effects of narrowband UVB treatment may be noticeable in just a few weeks. Most patients with moderate to severe skin disease will require about 20 treatments to clear.

Is NBUVB phototherapy covered by my insurance company?

All major insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for the phototherapy treatments. For questions about insurance coverage, please contact our office.