PUVA

Description

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines PUVA treatments this way:

  • Photochemotherapy–In photochemotherapy, a treatment used most commonly for psoriasis, a person is given a light-sensitive drug called a psoralen either orally or topically and then exposed to an ultraviolet light source. This combined treatment is called PUVA. In clinical trials, approximately 55 percent of people achieve cosmetically acceptable hair growth using photochemotherapy. However, the relapse rate is high, and patients must go to a treatment center where the equipment is available at least two to three times per week. Furthermore, the treatment carries the risk of developing skin cancer.

And like many alopecia treatments there are lots of differing opinions as to whether or not this course of treatment has broad benefits for the alopecia patient. Undoubtedly, PUVA does work for some people. We’ll list here the research that we have found on the subject, and we encourage anyone who has undertaken this form of therapy to please take a moment to share your experiences in the “User Reviews” with those who may be considering it.

We will of course post more info as we find it, and if you know of any studies or results that we have missed please feel free to post them using the comments link for this item.

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