Light Therapy for Psoriasis

Light Therapy Combined With Other Psoriasis Therapies

Studies have shown that combining ultraviolet light therapy and a retinoid, like acitretin, adds to the effectiveness of UV light. For this reason, if patients are not responding to light therapy, retinoids may be added. UVB phototherapy, for example, may be combined with retinoids and other psoriasis therapies.
 
One combined therapy program, referred to as the Ingram regime, involves a coal tar bath, UVB phototherapy, and application of an anthralin-salicylic acid paste that is left on the skin for 6 to 24 hours. A similar regime, the Goeckerman therapy, combines coal tar ointment with UVB phototherapy. Also, PUVA can be combined with some oral psoriasis medications (such as retinoids) to increase its effectiveness.
 

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