Psoralen Plus Ultraviolet A (PUVA) Therapy
Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy is a type of phototherapy that is used to treat different skin conditions. It involves taking a medication called psoralen, either orally or topically, which makes the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. The skin is then exposed to UVA radiation, typically in a specialized light booth or room. This exposure helps to slow down the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation in the affected areas. PUVA therapy can be effective in managing psoriasis symptoms, particularly for people with more severe cases of the condition. It is important to follow a healthcare provider’s instructions carefully when using PUVA therapy, as the medication and UV radiation can have serious side effects if not used properly.