Phototherapy is the final choice. Doctors would recommend you for phototherapy if your skin disease became wild. Let just say that the diseases are such as psoriasis and vitiligo. The common skin is psoriasis because everyone could be afflicted with it. No matter how old they are, but they usually attack 15 years old people or older than that. Sometimes I got psoriasis as well, but I use ointments to heal it. Usually, it doesn’t bother me, except when it’s getting hurt and painful. However, I don’t want to the phototherapy UV light treatment. Why? Because the cost of phototherapy treatment is no joke at all.
What is phototherapy?
Phototherapy is a treatment for skin diseases. As for the example, psoriasis and vitiligo. It will make the symptoms of your skin diseases will go away, such as a feeling of itchy or painful.
There are many kinds of phototherapy treatments, and all of them have different purposes. They are all categorized based on the type of UV light. For example, such as:
UVB light therapy
UVB light therapy purposed to treat common skin diseases, such as psoriasis and plaque. The wavelength of this kind starts from 311 nanometers and 313 nanometers. The cost of the UVB light therapy is, at average, $3600 of US dollars per patient in annual cost. However, if the treatment is successful, it could reach $5100 of US dollars per patient in annual cost.
PUVA light therapy
PUVA light therapy, or known as Psoralen + Ultraviolet A, is a treatment that is taken for psoriasis or other skin diseases that more severe than before. For a fun fact, the sunlight that we see every day contains 90 of UVA lights. So, PUVA light therapy is more effective than UVB because PUVA can reach deeper skin. For the cost of phototherapy treatment with PUVA, at least $4600 of US dollars annually per patient. Meanwhile, if the treatment is successful, it cost $5700 of US dollars annually per patient. Even though PUVA is more effective, it is not used by a lot of people.
As a summary, phototherapy is a must if the skin disease you have is getting wild without control. However, the cost of phototherapy treatment is expensive. For common phototherapy with UVB that everybody can access could reach $3600 annually per patient. Meanwhile, if the treatment is a success, it could reach $5100 annually per patient.