Psoriasis: phototherapy to treat it for free directly at home

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Psoriasis. An annoying skin disorder that affects many people, in some cases also generating relational problems. There are many possible ways to treat this often difficult pathology, among these phototherapy is very effective and now also arrives free at patients' homes.


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Psoriasis. An annoying skin disorder that affects many people, in some cases also generating relational problems. There are many possible ways to treat this often difficult pathology, among these phototherapy is very effective and now also arrives free at patients' homes.




Phototherapy uses special lamps capable of treating psoriasis by reproducing the benefits of sunlight. It is a therapy that is shown to be effective in many cases but which unfortunately is uncomfortable as, until now, it was necessary to go to the hospital for treatment 2 or 3 times a week for about 3 months.

In Emilia Romagna, however, some psoriasis patients will now have a unique opportunity. Thanks to the pilot project, the work of the Natalino Corazza Foundation in collaboration with the dermatology department of the Sant'Orsola Polyclinic in Bologna, they will in fact receive the machinery to be able to perform phototherapy, in a much more practical and convenient way, directly at their home.

What is phototherapy

Phototherapy is a treatment that can also be used on children, pregnant women or people with other pathologies. This shows how low the side effects it can present are. Basically, thanks to this technique that uses specific lamps, it is possible to simulate the beneficial action of the sun on the skin which is activated thanks to ultraviolet rays (UVA or UVB narrow band, therefore not harmful) in this case reproduced in a artificial.

On an outpatient basis, the treatment is carried out inside special booths equipped with lamps (other than those used in beauty centers) that can irradiate the whole body or certain areas where the problem exists.

This therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps the immune system, consequently improvements in the skin are noticed in a short time and gradually.

Of course, a similar effect can be obtained by regularly exposing themselves to the sun, it is no coincidence that people with psoriasis often see their condition improve in the summer or when they go to the sea. The problem is that patients often live most of the day indoors and do not always have the sun's rays available, also due to the seasons and the places in which they reside.



The home service

Certainly, especially for some types of patients with psoriasis, having the possibility to do the treatment at home is a great advantage. We think of the elderly, those who suffer from other diseases or have problems going to hospital so often.

At the moment the pilot project active in Emilia Romagna has selected a small group of patients (12 people) who will benefit from the home service in 2018 thanks to some machines that will be provided free of charge with all the instructions for correct use.

Among other things, patients will not have to pay anything except the ticket for the medical examination.



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