PUVA Phototherapy Treatment in Jaipur for White Patches Vitiligo

PUVA is an acronym in which P stands for Psoralen, U stands for ultra, V stands for Violet and A stands for the 320 and 400 nanometers wavelength of solar spectrum. This psoralen (a chemical found in some plants) is said to absorb the UVA light. It then gets energized and interacts with the DNA. This procedure in turn restricts the multiplication of the cells. Some cells that do not have controlled growth may result in skin diseases like Vitiligo/white patches spots. The PUVA phototherapy is the combination of oral drugs followed by the UVA exposure.

Vitiligo is a skin condition when the autoimmune system of the body attacks the melanocytes, i.e. the pigment cells. Hence, PUVA is a successful method which treats the Vitiligo. The therapy is effective and it can treat large areas of the skin.

The treatment is done by the experienced professionals at the Renova Skin Clinic.

  • No of Sessions Required
  • Side Effects
  • Medicines Required

Question & Answer

PUVA phototherapy is a combination of oral medication at the site followed by the exposure to the UVA light spectrum. It treats the skin diseases that occur due to the uncontrolled growth of cells. It can also treat Vitiligo and Psoriasis.
The Psoralen medication is given about 45-60 minutes before the UVA exposure. The length of the exposure is based on the patient’s pigmentation. It implies that on the patient with the darker skin tone, the exposure time will be higher.

The PUVA induces re-pigmentation through stimulation of melanogenesis, immunomodulation and activation of growth. It requires doctors’ supervision.

The body parts except the genitals and eyes can be exposed to the UVB rays for the treatment.

No, the therapy is not painful at all.

The side effects of the PUVA phototherapy may include the following in some patients:-
• Sunburn.
• Itching
• Nausea.
• Hyperpigmentation.
These are all normal side effects which may subside in some time.

The patient might need about 15 treatments. Each session will be spaced at least 48 hours apart because the burns, if there be any, may take some time to heal.

After the PUVA phototherapy treatment, some patients it may cause redness and itching. Phototherapy can also cause dryness on the skin. About 7-9 treatments later, the patient can observe a positive change in the skin.
But then the repigmentation starts. If the condition starts to deplete or does not respond till 6 weeks, the treatment is stopped.

The results are long lasting as if the treatment does not respond after 6 weeks it will not be continued further.
The change in the skin color may be discerned after 6-12 months only.

Yes, the PUVA treatment is given only to adults.

The candidates with the lighter skin tone are good for the PUVA Phototherapy. All the patients who have less sensitive skin and fast recovery are preferred.

The treatment will take 2-3 session per week that will continue between 10 weeks and 2 years.

Yes, for any UVA or laser treatments, the patients are advised to undergo the patch test. It is to sideline any adverse effects on the skin if there be any.

For the pre care, the medicines that make you sensitive to ultraviolet lights should not be taken. Stop being in Sun for long hours and avoid foods like celery, figs, carrots, etc. that make you more sensitive towards ultraviolet light. Do not use perfumed skin products at all. Do not use or apply creams and lotions, unless specified, on the treatment days.
For the post care, apply ointments and pop antibiotics as suggested. If any issue, immediately talk to your skin specialist.

Yes the treatment applies same for both adult men and women.


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