I received my home UVA-1 Photo Therapy unit yesterday. I can't wait to get started.
However, there is a bit of confusion over dosage protocol that I'm waiting to clear up with the Dermatologists at Mayo Clinic before actually starting the treatment. I spoke to someone at Mayo today (she has several patients that use the Mayo machine) that is going to sort it out for me, and she also gave me advice and instructions on proper technique to bathe in the radiation and not cause harm. With my unit (National Biological Panasol 3D UVA-1) I'm supposed to stand 8 inches away from the bulbs for a set amount of time and cover the body parts that aren't affected by the PSM. For me, that's my face and groin. She actually advised to wear a paper sack on my head (yeah, no kidding) and some swimming trunks like a Speedo (no pics of me!). Also, the dosage protocol is to start off with minimal dosage and increase dosage by 10 seconds each time 3 to five times per week. The goal is to work your way up to a maximum value that is just short of giving you a sunburn effect. The goal is to find that max value and keep repeating treatments for an extended period of time. If you burn yourself, you are supposed to dial back the setting on next treatment until it doesn't burn. Plus, if you intend to go outside and get sun exposure, then good sunscreen is required or else you may burn easily.
I've had lots of comments on other posts (Facebook) where people complained of burning. If this happens your dosage was too high for your skin type.