PUVA

How Does PUVA Work?

PUVA is a treatment for the skin that combines ultraviolet light and specific medications. The drug psoralen is administered to the patient which makes the patient’s skin ultra sensitive to long wave ultraviolet light. This drug can be taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin. The light is then applied to the skin and allowed to work on the epidermis. PUVA is a form of photochemotherapy and as such is only used on the most severe skin conditions.

Conditions Treated by PUVA

PUVA was originally developed as a treatment for psoriasis. Since its original application, the treatment has also been found to be useful in addressing vitiligo, mycosis fungoides and graft versus host disease. Long term use of PUVA is not recommended, as it has been associated with a higher risk for developing squamous cell skin carcinomas.

Conditions We Treat


We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if PUVA is the best treatment option for you.

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a condition of the skin in which the skin loses its melanocytes, or pigment cells, in certain areas. Learn More

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the cells of the skin multiply much faster than normal. Learn More

Eczema

Atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is a common skin condition that appears most often in children, though it can occur in individuals of any age. Learn More

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