Dermatology Associates of Virginia

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Hours M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For appointments 804.549.4040

Reynolds Crossing Office (formerly Patterson Office)
6946 Forest Avenue Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Colonial Heights Office
280 Charles H. Dimmock Parkway, Suite 4
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Midlothian/Johnston-Willis Office
The Winchester Building 10800 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 309
Richmond, VA 23235

Mohs Surgery Center
The Winchester Building 10800 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 310
Richmond, VA 23235

Nuckols Road Office
201 Concourse Boulevard, Suite 110
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Phototherapy

We offer multiple different ultraviolet light sources such as UVA, PUVA and narrowband UVB; for the treatment of a number of skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and vitiligo. These services are provided at our Short Pump office only.phototherapy

PUVA Phototherapy

PUVA is a combination of UVA phototherapy and the consumption of an oral drug for the treatment of certain skin diseases that rely on cell multiplication. PUVA is commonly used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition where skin cells multiply faster than normal and form scaly, itchy, and dry patches. Psoriasis has no permanent cure, but PUVA therapy will help slow down the rapid growth of skin cells. PUVA may also be used to treat vitiligo, mycosis fungoides, and graft versus host disease. Generally, PUVA therapy is given 2-3 times a week for a period of 12-15 weeks. After finishing a treatment course, additional maintenance therapy is needed once a week.

 

Narrowband UVB Phototherapy

Narrowband UVB Phototherapy is the preferred light therapy treatment for moderate to severe skin diseases. Narrowband UVB is commonly used to treat moderately bad psoriasis (psoriasis that covers at least 20 percent of the body) and other skin diseases such as severe eczema or chronic itching. Narrowband UVB works on shutting down overactive immune cells that cause certain skin diseases. The initial treatment course will be given three times a week for a total of 20 to 30 sessions. After a few months, a weekly maintenance treatment is recommended.

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