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Low-dose UVA1 phototherapy for scleroderma: what benefit can we expect?


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#1 Joelf

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

Low-dose UVA1 phototherapy for scleroderma: what benefit can we expect?

In patients with morphea, a marked improvement was found in 77.8% patients and a moderate improvement was found in 11.1% patients. In the systemic scleroderma group, a patient with complete remission of the skin sclerosis is emphasized. PubMed. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2012 May;26(5):619-26. (Also see: Morphea Treatments and Skin Fibrosis Treatments)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

Does a regular tanning bed for a short period of time meet this criteria I wonder?
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

Hi Sweet,

That's an excellent question.

As I understand it, a regular tanning bed does NOT work as a replacement for UVA1 Phototherapy. However, you can get a nice tan as a side effect from regular UVA1 Phototherapy treatment sessions, even though the treatments last mere seconds.

In UVA1 Phototherapy: A Concise and Practical Review, it says, "UVA photons are approximately 1000 times less potent than UVB photons in eliciting photobiological responses, and thus, the technological challenge was to develop an artificial lamp that could deliver a biologically relevant UVA dose within a practical time frame and a sufficiently large irradiation field." -- Skin Therapy Letter, 2012.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

Thank you Shelley! I wish I could use all these little emoticons, but since I went to a Macbook Pro lap top, it doesn't seem to be an options. :( Or is there a dirty little secret I don't know about? hehehe
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

Hi Sweet,
I had the same issue and found that if I used Firefox instead of Safari I could get the full use of the text in forums. Since an upgrade, though, I have found I can do it in Safari.

When you respond to a post on the bottom left is a box "More Reply Options." Click that and you will see all the options, including the smiley face :) for emoticons. Click the face and a bar will come up at the bottom of your post. There is an arrow on the right side of the bar and it will scroll through some more choices. At the bottom of the bar it says "Show All." If you click that a window will open with all of the choices. :emoticons-line-dance:

You will notice it the "More Reply Options" window it looks like the forum used to, you can change fonts, colors, size, create links, etc. :emoticons-yes:

Enjoy your new computer!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:28 PM

Testing these little emoticons outs. :emoticons-yes: :thank-you:
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

:emoticons-line-dance: Aha! I did it. Thanks Miocean!
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