I am starting Narrow Band UVB (311-312nm) therapy tomorrow. It is tedious and time consuming, I have to go 3 times a week and the sessions start with 30 second exposures and work their way up, depending on how I do each time. It's a 30 minutes drive each way for the appointment. I thought I had put these types of time consuming visits behind me in my 20s but my derm told me today that this new narrow band UVB has only been around about 10 years and could really make a difference. He also suggested that if it works I could just go out and by the full body set up he has, so I can do it at home. If it works, it could pretty much remove my need for steroid. On top of weekly all over Betnovate Valerate ointment (reduced from daily thanks to RLT and MetroCream), I'm now using Clobex (clobetasol propionate) on my hands and feet (for pompholyx, which RLT has no effect on) and I am anxious that I will set back my Rosacea progress. I use vinyl unpowdered gloves when I do hand treatments but I worry about touching my face with any of this stuff -- it's impossible to avoid 'contamination.'!
Has anyone had Narrow Band UVB?
And, if you have, did you have any side effects?
I am itchy a lot anyway, but I get really itchy from the sun and it bothers my skin. I'm concerned about this as a potential issue because I did not tolerate PUVA well (it's UVA with a different wavelength and ingested meds to increase absorption).
Any input would be very appreciated.