Narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) is a safe option for the treatment of vitiligo in adults and children. Most home UV treatment is performed with Narrow Band UVB. When applied, it can start the process of regimentation for various patients. Dr. Grimes works with UVB in her Los Angeles office to treat patients affected by vitiligo.
No drugs are required for the application of UVB. Patients need only to expose themselves to the UVB rays for a short time on a periodic basis. This can include daily or weekly sessions depending on the recommendation of the doctor. To reduce exposure in unwanted areas, patients can wear opaque clothing or apply sunscreen to regions unaffected by Vitiligo.
Narrowband UVB has become a popular treatment of choice for psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and other photoresponsive skin disorders. They release a smaller range of ultraviolet light compared to broad band UVB. It can be combined with other topical or systemic agents for improved results, although it is important to consult with the doctor as they may produce increased photosensitivity and burning.
You can obtain additional information about narrowband UVB by calling the office of Dr. Pearl Grimes and scheduling a consultation.