PMID: 9460332Feb 14, 1998Paper

Psoralen photochemotherapy

Dermatology Nursing
P B McClellandJ Shelk


Psoralens and sunlight have been used by the Egyptians and Indians for hundreds of years for treating vitiligo. The combination of oral psoralens and artificial ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy was approved for managing severe psoriasis by the Food and Drug Administration in 1982. Since then, PUVA therapy has been an effective modality for treating many cutaneous conditions (psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, and mycosis fungoides). However, proper knowledge and administration of PUVA therapy are vital to treatment success and reducing side effects.

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