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What are the side effects of psoralen plus ultraviolet A for your skin?

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

Using PUVA for a long time can also raise your odds of having skin cancer. It's mostly reserved for extreme cases or when other treatments haven't worked.

  • Nausea
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Burning and itching

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

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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

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