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Are there side effects of psorlaen plus utralviolet A used to treat skin problems?

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PUVA (psoralen plus ultraviolet A)  clears up severe psoriasis quickly, with long-lasting results. There are some side effects, though, including:

• Nausea • Exhaustion • Headaches • Burning and itching


Using PUVA for a long time can also raise your odds of skin cancer. It's mostly reserved for extreme cases or when other treatments haven't worked. And psoralen makes your body extra sensitive to light, so you'll need to protect your skin and eyes after taking it. 

From: Light Therapy for Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chair, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chair, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 21, 2019

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