Narrow-band ultraviolet B as a potential alternative treatment for resistant psychogenic excoriation: an open-label study
Abstract:Narrow-band ultraviolet therapy has been used successfully for the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders and generalized pruritus. We have prospectively evaluated seven consecutive patients with resistant psychogenic excoriation (PE) treated with narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB). Approximately 70% of all patients showed improvement in their condition. NB-UVB therapy was well tolerated, with no serious side effects. We may conclude that, when treating a patient with PE, NB-UVB in combination with other approaches may provide extra benefit in resistant cases.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-06-01