DOI: 10.1080/09546630802607461. CASE REPORT. Tanning beds as an alternative for psoriasis when office-based phototherapy is not accessible. BraD a. The concept that many patients with psoriasis in the United States do not receive sufficient treatment to control the disease is suggested by an analysis of surveys performed by the National Psoriasis Foundation between 2003 and 2011 2. Further studies will be useful for clarifying the reasons for these observations and for determining the value of interventions to increase the accessibility of treatment. Commercial tanning beds can improve psoriasis and are occasionally used for patients without access to medical phototherapy 71,72. Note: This list is based on the publications in our database and might not be exhaustive.
Phototherapy may be given in a variety of places, such as in a hospital or doctor’s office, in your home (UVB), or at a. A laser treatment for psoriasis (excimer laser) also uses UVB light. PUVA (the use of psoralen medicines with UVA light therapy) is usually used when psoriasis is disabling and safer treatments have not worked. Commercial tanning beds, which emit UVA, are less effective for psoriasis than UV booths. Psoriasis is a ubiquitous chronic inflammatory skin disease that occurs most often in adults, with men and women affected with equal prevalence. Psoriasis is not only a cosmetic nuisance. Psoriasis usually can be diagnosed based on the physical examination. Medically supervised in-office phototherapy is considered the preferred approach to assure safety; however, many patients cannot adhere to this regimen secondary to financial, travel, or time restrictions. Tanning beds are easily accessible in most neighborhoods and offer an alternative way of accessing phototherapy (although some dermatologists and organizations discourage their use). We found studies validating the use of tanning facilities for psoriasis treatment. Therefore, in-office phototherapy may not be a pragmatic treatment option for many patients who could potentially benefit from it. Many UV-based therapies are employed when treating vitiligo, including PUVA, NB-UVB (both in office and home units) and excimer laser, along with adjuvant treatments such as topical calcineurin inhibitors and topical corticosteroids 41 44. Home UVB therapy is a potential alternative.
Home ultraviolet light booths or ultraviolet lamps, as well as replacement bulbs sold by prescription only, are considered medically necessary for persons eligible for home UVB phototherapy. Aetna considers tanning beds for home UVB phototherapy not medically necessary. This is to be discouraged, and the patient should always be treated with PUVA in the dermatologist’s office with carefully monitored UVA machines and staff trained in the administration of PUVA phototherapy. Similar decreases in phototherapy visits occurred in our university-based practice. Let’s talk about another psoriasis treatment, phototherapy. Some people don’t live close enough to a dermatologist’s office with a light therapy unit to make good use of it. At the tanning salon, they’re not going to have anybody medically trained to supervise things. They might be a little more accessible for people, depending on where they live.
Phototherapy For Psoriasis
Phototherapy utilization for psoriasis is declining in the United States. Other possible factors mentioned included advances in the use of alternate forms of psoriasis therapy, in particular cyclosporine and acitretin, and the increased use of home light therapy or tanning beds. 15 million office-based visits during which psoriasis was a diagnosis. Many so-called experts have said that tanning beds do not create higher vitamin D levels, but the research belies that falsehood. Selected use of commercial tanning beds in the treatment of dermatologic conditions may be another useful and effective treatment for those patients with an inability to access office-based or home-based phototherapy. She says that sun is one of the best ways to treat psoriasis, so she recommends that her patients sit out on the deck and give their affected areas a good sun bath. Why deny someone with psoriasis the benefits of a lower cost and possibly easier accessibility to treatment? 37. A system and method for phototherapy, including skin tanning, lupus phototherapy, teeth whitening, hair growth and psoriasis phototherapies are provided. The quality of ultra-violet light exposure by the sun is not simple to control. The UVA LED based florescent UV bulb replacement apparatus can come in a number of embodiments.