Use of home UVB phototherapy equipment

  • Read all instructions, leaflets and warning labels before use.
  • Give a list of all your current medications to your dermatologist.
  • Do not perform UV phototherapy after photosensitising the skin with cosmetics or medicine etc.
  • Use the eye protection provided, sunglasses or other generic goggles may not provide adequate protection.
  • Any person in the vicinity of the device must also wear eye protection, particularly if assisting in the treatment.
  • Cover parts of your body that you do not want to treat, or use a high protection sunscreen on areas not requiring treatment. Apply this at least 20 minutes before treatment.
  • If you have rosacea or a history of cold sores which can be aggravated by the sun, then you must shield your face during treatment.
  • Males should cover their genital region.
  • Patients with psoriasis should apply mineral oil to involved areas of skin prior to the delivery of UVB.
  • The tubes should be warmed up in accordance with manufacturers instructions before treatment commences.
  • Set the safety timer to the time stated in the treatment plan.
  • Try to keep an even distance (approximately 6 inches) from the lamps for the duration of the treatment with your arms at rest.
  • Make a record of the treatment times and days/dates.
  • Additional unprotected sun exposure should be avoided on the days you receive UVB.  Sunblock factor 15 should be used on any sun exposed areas of skin for the remainder of that day.
  • Equipment must be maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Bulbs must be replaced in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • New tubes should be run in for at least 1 hour to prevent over exposure.
  • Never use a damaged product.
  • Never use the appliance in a wet area.
  • Use only in accordance with local government regulations and safety guidelines.