Dermatological Treatments

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Dermatological treatments have changed continuously throughout recent decades. Old drugs are recognized as being effective in new indications and new methods of dosage or application have been ...
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Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy

Pp. 434-463 (30)

Cristina Martínez-Morán and Anastasia Alejandra Garrido-Ríos

Abstract

Radiation has been used to treat cutaneous conditions since ancient times. Despite all the recent advances in the field of dermatological therapy that have taken place in the last years, phototherapy and photochemotherapy still represent a useful alternative to control prevalent dermatoses such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Moreover, it is a useful tool to manage less frequent skin diseases like cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. Classical phototherapeutic modalities (broadband UVB, PUVA, bath- PUVA, etc.), its indications and side effects are revised in this chapter, as well as relatively new options such as narrowband UVB therapy and UVA-1.

Keywords:

Phototherapy, analytical, diagnostic and therapeutical techniques and equipment category, ultraviolet therapy, PUVA therapy, ultraviolet rays, skin and connective tissue diseases, skin diseases, skin, dermis, epidermis.

Affiliation:

Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada, Spain