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Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)

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

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

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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.
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Phototherapy - Topical PUVA

Topical PUVA therapy is a treatment in which a medication called psoralen (P) is applied to the skin before exposure of the skin to ultraviolet A (UVA) wavelengths of light. The psoralen can be applied in a variety of ways:

  • Bathing the whole body in psoralen solution
  • Soaking of parts of the body, for example, hands and feet, in a basin of psoralen solution
  • Applying the psoralen preparation in gel form directly on the affected areas

Your doctor will discuss with you the most suitable method of treatment for you. The psoralen reacts in the skin with the UVA to help improve or clear a variety of skin conditions. It also makes you more sensitive to sunlight UVA (the rays that get through cloud and window glass) during the treatment.

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