Narrowband UVB vs Broadband UVB for Psoriasis Treatment.

18th Oct 2018

Narrowband UVB vs Broadband UVB for Psoriasis Treatment.

Why use narrowband UVB to treat Psoriasis

Philips introduced the very first UVB Narrowband TL/01 lamps in 1988 working with leading research partners around the world to improve efficiency and safety of Phototherapy solutions. Philips TL01 lamps have since been trialled and tested in over 400 independent studies with exceptional success, making these lamps the most effective lamps currently available for treatment of Psoriasis.

Phototherapy with ultraviolet (UV) radiation of wavelengths between 280 and 320 nm (UVB) is a safe and effective treatment for Psoriasis. Narrowband UVB Phototherapy emitting near around 311 nm has become an important treatment for diseases such as psoriasis and more. Phototherapy involves subjecting the skin to waves of ultraviolet light. There are three types of ultraviolet light, UVA, UVB and UVC. There are treatments available using UVB light, lasers or UVA light combined with a medication called Psoralen (PUVA).

Keywords: broadband UVB; narrowband UVB; phototherapy; psoriasis; ultraviolet light; PUVABroadband UVB lamps emit light in a broad spectrum that includes both the therapeutic wavelengths specific to the treatment of skin diseases plus the shorter wavelengths which can result in sunburn. Of course, Sunburn has a negative benefit and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Broadband UVB lamps can also limit the amount of UVB that can be taken. Narrowband UVB lamps on the other hand emit UVB light over a very short range of wavelengths, concentrated in the optimum range of 311 nm. UVB Narrowband is therefore much more effective and safer to use than conventional broadband UVB. Phototherapy uses specific wavelengths of the sun's natural spectrum for the treatment of Psoriasis, which leads people to think that using commercial sun beds at tanning salons can help with their Psoriasis. Tanning or sun beds emit mostly UVA light, not UVB, and the beneficial effect for psoriasis is primarily found in UVB light.

Tanning beds in commercial salons emit mostly UVA light, not UVB, and the beneficial effect for psoriasis is primarily found in UVB light. UVB is found in natural sunlight, but unfortunately during the colder months of the year, sunlight is not always readily available.

It is also good to note that the FDA has cleared Narrowband Phototherapy lamps for the treatment of Psoriasis.

Philips lighting have many PDF downloads explaining this in far more detail. If you are interested in reading more about the technology behind these lamps and reading about Professional Medical Practitioners explaining their trials, then please do so via the link below. Located at the bottom of the page is a download section. The page also offers videos on Phototherapy.

At Psoriasis Care UK, we are Proud to be the only official Exclusive online UK partner for Philips TL01 Phototherapy lamps. This guarantees that you will receive the official authentic Phototherapy lamps sold by Philips and used in hospitals all over the country. You can purchase these lamps directly from our website via this link

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