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Experience with UVB phototherapy in children

pediatr Dermatol. 1996 Sep-Oct;13(5):406-9.

Tay YK, Morelli JG, Weston WL.

Department of Pediatric Dermatology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver 80262, USA.

Twenty children age 14 months to 12 years with photo responsive dermatosis were treated with ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy over four years. Ten children had psoriasis, five had pityriasis lichenoids, and five had atopic dermatitis. All received short courses (average 34 treatments) of phototherapy with either no maintenance or short maintenance. Treatment was effective and well tolerated in most patients, and no serious side effects were seen. Patients with psoriasis and pityriasis lichenoides cleared completely. No patient with atopic dermatitis cleared completely, but all were moderately improved, with reduction of the extent of eczema and decreased pruritus. It appears that UVB phototherapy is a valuable and safe therapeutic option for selected children who do not respond to other treatments.

PMID: 8893243 [pubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

We conclude that narrowband UVB phototherapy is a useful and well-tolerated treatment for children with severe or intractable inflammatory skin disease, but concerns remain regarding long-term side-effects.

 

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psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin disease that causes raised red skin with thick silvery scales.

vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on the body

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Hair loss usually develops gradually and may be patchy or diffuse

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Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous oil glands that leads to skin infections

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