UVA Light Therapy study

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The purpose of this investigation is to study the effectiveness of longer wavelength UVA1 (340-400nm) or shorter wavelength ultraviolet B [UVB] (290-320nm) irradiation in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions (such as: atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, mycosis fungoides, alopecia areata, stretch marks and urticaria).

This research study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an investigational device which is similar in appearance to a “tanning bed” but which emits ultraviolet irradiation of a specific wavelength known as UVA1. This device has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for general use in this country, as of yet, but it has been used quite successfully in Europe for several years in treating such conditions as scleroderma, atopic dermatitis, urticaria pigmentosa and other skin conditions.

Instead of UVA1 therapy, patients may receive ultraviolet radiation of a specific wavelength known as UVB. UVA1 light is a longer wavelength and therefore a lower energy wavelength than UVB. UVB light is often the light associated with getting a sunburn since it has a higher level of energy. UVB light has been used successfully in the treatment of many skin conditions.


Ages Eligible for Study: 10 Years – 80 Years, Genders Eligible for Study: Both

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages: 10-80 years
  • Clinical diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, mycosis fungoides, alopecia areata, and urticaria.
  • No disease states or physical conditions that would impair evaluation of the test site.
  • Willing and able to receive UVA1 or UVB, as directed in the protocol; make evaluation visits; and follow protocol restrictions.
  • Signed, written, witnessed, informed consent form.
  • Must live within a reasonable driving distance of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and/or be able to attend all of the scheduled appointments during the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of photosensitivity (development of hives or bumps with exposure to light).
  • UVA1 or UVB irradiation hypersensitivity in a UVA1/UVB photo-provocation test.
  • Pregnant or nursing women.
  • Involved in an investigational study within the previous 4 weeks.
  • Presence of bacterial superinfection.
  • Taken oral therapy for skin condition within the last 4 weeks
  • Topical steroid therapy within the last 2 weeks
  • History of excessive scar formation or keloids

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