Psoriasis is one of the autoimmune disabilities that affects the skin of the patient. It makes the skin cells growing quickly that form itchy scaly patches to the skin.
The medical treatments for psoriasis are using the ointment for the skin or taking recommended medicine. While other treatments for psoriasis is light therapy, that can be done in a hospital or clinic or even do it at home. Before knowing how much cost of home phototherapy units you want to buy, let’s see about the brief explanation of the phototherapy first.
What is Phototherapy?
Light therapy in medical terms is known as phototherapy. It is the method where the patient’s infected skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays. Phototherapy uses artificial sun lamp for psoriasis, it emits the ultraviolet radiation. While the ultraviolet is well-known to reduce any skin disabilities, even just temporarily.
The common one for the phototherapy is UVB (Ultraviolet B). There are other method of phototherapy, i.e. photochemotherapy (psoralen uses with exposed UVA), Goeckerman therapy (coal tar uses with exposed UVB), even laser uses such as excimer and pulsed dye.
The patient of psoriasis should come to the hospital or clinic to get phototherapy for about 2-5 times a week.
Having 2-5 times a week to go to the hospital or a clinic is not a pleasant thing a patient has. Besides, most of the people hate to go back and forth to the hospital or consuming trips to the clinic. They don’t feel comfortable getting the long queue as well. The inefficient about phototherapy at the hospital or clinic lead the patient to have done it personally at home, of course, it is based on doctor’s recommendation, no matter the cost of home phototherapy units, they think it is more efficient and have less cost.
The cost of the home therapy units is of course very varied. The unit range from $200 up to $2.000. It is considering the type of the units, either hand-held, table-top unit or whole-body unit. Another aspect is about the quality, either low, standard or high quality, and of course, it will affect the lifespan of the units. The easier and comfortable design also makes a big impact on the price. If you want to buy one, make sure it is coming from reputable and well-known companies.
This home phototherapy can be used not only for psoriasis, but to other skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and vitiligo.