Ultraviolet Therapy

For over 30 years we have been treating patients with ultraviolet light therapy. Our Silver Spring office offers narrow band ultraviolet light. Phototherapy (often called light therapy) involves exposing the skin to an artificial source of ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision for therapeutic purposes. Many skin disorders are characterized by localized inflammation in the skin that is mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet light reduces the inflammatory response as well as suppresses the immune system in the skin. These are felt to be the primary mechanisms of action of phototherapy in skin disorders.

Our office specializes in the use of ultraviolet light for numerous skin diseases including psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis), and vitiligo.

While psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis), and vitiligo are the three main disorders we treat, there are many other skin disorders that may be treated with phototherapy, especially when first-line therapies are not successful. Your doctor may have referred you to this office for the treatment of one of these less common diseases. We will work with you and best utilize phototherapy to treat your skin condition.

Patient Handout

Other Conditions Treated With Phototherapy

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Vitiligo
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides
  • Pityriasis Rosea
  • Photosensitivity
  • Pruritus (Itch)
  • Mycosis Fungoides (Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma)
  • Patch testing
  • Lichen Planus