Narrow-Band UVB Therapy
DFA offers the latest narrow band UVB light treatment by WALDMANN, the pioneer German brand for the light devices in treating especially pigmentary skin disorders like vitiligo & chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, prurigo nodularis & various other eruptions of idiopathic nature.
Narrowband UVB is now considered the gold standard of treatment for vitiligo covering more than 20% of the body. Narrowband UVB (NB) uses the portion of the UVB spectrum from 311-313 nm. This region has been determined to help stimulate pigment cells to produce melanocytes in less time than it takes to burn the skin. Any kind of light therapy has a suppressive effect on the immune system, so it can possibly stop new areas from forming as well.
NB is sometimes used in combination with other topical treatments, but is effective for many on its own. NB can be used on children old enough to stand still and keep goggles on.
How frequently this treatment is taken?
The treatment is usually given 2- 3 times a week.
Are there any side effects?
Potential side effects of NB include burning if used for too long. If using a full-body panel or box, the normal skin may tan, increasing the contrast. Only full sized body units provide the immune suppression needed for stabilization that may halt further pigment loss, as the handheld units only treat isolated areas.
Eye protection is worn during treatment to protect the eyes, but isn’t necessary once the treatment is over.