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Also known as light therapy, phototherapy is used to treat a variety of dermatological conditions. In this procedure, your doctor uses ultraviolet B (UVB) light —  the best part of natural sunlight —  to treat skin conditions. Some of the conditions we treat most frequently with phototherapy include psoriasis (autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly patches) and eczema (group of conditions that cause skin to be red, itchy, and inflamed).

Who is a Candidate?

If you have psoriasis or eczema, and other treatments have been unsuccessful, your dermatologist may recommend you undergo phototherapy. Sometimes, phototherapy is also used for babies with jaundice (yellowish tinge to the skin that is caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood).

What to Expect

Phototherapy is done right in our office. Our dermatologist uses a specialized machine to deliver precisely measured doses of UVB light to the affected areas of your skin. You will likely need to undergo several treatments before you begin seeing effects of the treatment. In some cases, your skin condition will become slightly worse before it improves through phototherapy.

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments with phototherapy.

Compassionate care in an academic medical center. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long-term, short-term, or regenerative skin treatments, you will benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy.

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