Other Photoresponsive Skin Diseases

Although sunlight has an association with medical treatment from at least as far back as the classical Athens era of ancient Greek medicine, including favorable mentions from Herodotus and Hippocrates, a scientific approach to photomedicine is a relatively recent development dating to Niels Finsen’s work in the late 19th century. Finsen won the 1903 Nobel prize for his work using arc lamp sources and to treat lupus vulgaris and small pox, which was followed by a steady stream of phototherapy developments over the remainder of the century: broadband mercury lamps, FS fluorescent lamps, Psoralen+UVA (PUVA), and Narrowband UVB.

Currently, with some 40 years of experience with PUVA, 25 years of narrowband UVB, and 20 years of UVA1, a large variety of diseases have been successfully treated with phototherapy, ranging from the very common such as eczema and psoriasis to the very rare such as cutaneous GVHD.

The following is a partial listing of these conditions:

Alopecia Areata
Acne Vulgaris
Drier’s Disease
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Eosinophilic Cellulitis
Eosinophilic Fasciitis
Eosinophilic Pustular Folliculitis
Erythema Multiforme
Flegel’s Disease
Chronic Graft v. Host
Acute Graft v. Host
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis
Granuloma Annulare
Granuloma Faciale
Histiocytosis X
Eosinophilic Pustular Folliculitis
Ichthysois Limearis Circumflexa
Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica
Lichen Planus
Lichen Sclerosis
Lymphamatoid Papulosis
Scleroderma / Morphea
Mycosis Fungoides
Necrobiosis Lipoidica
Pigmented Purpuric Dermatoses
Pityriasis Lichenoides
Pityriasis Alba
Plaque Psoriasis
Palmar-Plantar Psoriasis
Segmental Vitiligo
Prurigo Nodularis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Schamberg’s Disease
Crigler-Najjar Syndrome

Note: This list is provided for reference purposes only. Not all Daavlin equipment is specifically approved, in every market, for each of the above indications.