PUVA Therapy Topic Guide
PUVA: PUVA stands for psoralen and ultraviolet A. After ingesting psoralen, the patient is exposed to a precise amount of ultraviolet light. PUVA therapy (photochemotherapy) is useful in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and mycosis fungoides. PUVA may cause skin cancer and puts patients at risk for squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Psoriasis Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin disorder that affects 1%-2% of people in the U.S. Symptoms and signs include red, raised, scaly areas on the skin that may itch or burn. Treatment may involve topical therapy, phototherapy, and systemic therapy.