What is Ultraviolet B (UVB) Light Therapy?

Category: Procedures

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See also: Ultraviolet B (UVB) Narrow Band Light Therapy

Ultraviolet light therapy uses a particular band (290 to 320 nm) of the nonvisible light spectrum to treat psoriasis and a variety of other skin diseases. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications applied directly to the skin or taken internally.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 31 23
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma 6 3
Eczema 2 2
Vitiligo 2 2
Dry skin 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 17
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ultraviolet B (UVB) Light Therapy

Side effect Patients
Sunburn 4
Burning sensation 2
Itchy skin 2
Burn 1
Burning sensation in skin 1
Dry skin 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Ultraviolet B (UVB) Light Therapy

Dosage Patients
m,w,f 2
weekly 2
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 14
Not specified 9
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1 patient evaluation for Ultraviolet B (UVB) Light Therapy

Nov 4, 2011 (Started Sep 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin rash and burns)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

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