Phototherapy is used to treat a variety of skin diseases and conditions, most commonly
psoriasis. SLUCare dermatologists offer both UVB and PUVA as treatment options.
This treatment involves exposing the skin to a specific wavelength of ultraviolet
light that is therapeutic for psoriasis. Phototherapy light boxes produce UVB artificially
to suppress psoriasis.
In this treatment, psoralen, a plant extract, is combined with exposure to ultraviolet
light to treat psoriasis on the whole body or on isolated sites such as the hands
and feet. PUVA clears psoriasis for more than 85 percent of patients who use it, and
results in long remission times, even without maintenance therapy.
Locations Offering Phototherapy
Center for Specialized Medicine
1225 South Grand
St. Louis, MO 63104
Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion II
2315 Dougherty Ferry Road, Suite 200 B
St. Louis, MO 63122