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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

Please note:

  1. There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
  2. The offer to provide details of source materials used to inform the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs is for instances where the advice provided in the PILs does not reflect local practice and therefore evidence supporting said advice needs to be produced. It is not an offer to conduct literature searches or supply bibilographic materials for your own research.

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Phototherapy - Oral PUVA

Oral PUVA therapy is a treatment in which a medication called psoralen (P) is taken by mouth 2-3 hours before exposure of the skin to ultraviolet A (UVA) wavelengths of light. The number of tablets you will take depends on your height and weight and you will be given this medication from the hospital pharmacy. The psoralen reacts in the skin with the UVA to cause effects that help improve or clear a variety of skin conditions. The tablets also make you more sensitive to UVA in sunlight (the rays that get through cloud and window glass) on the days of your treatment.

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