What is Ultraviolet A (UVA) Light Therapy?

Category: Procedures

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Ultraviolet A (UVA) light therapy is also known as Photochemotherapy (PUVA), and involves pretreatment with a psoralen to sensitize the skin and then exposure to UVA light (320 to 400 nm). It is often used for the treatment of psoriasis and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, as well as other conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 3 0
Alopecia areata 1 1
Narcolepsy 1 2
Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches) 1 0
Scleroderma 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
1
Mild
0
None
0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ultraviolet A (UVA) Light Therapy

Side effect Patients
Burn 1
Eye pain 1
Headaches 1
Nausea 1
Vertigo 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Ultraviolet A (UVA) Light Therapy.