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17 Sep 2007

mike
hi doc

i've got this pigmentation spots all over my body due to fungus. took ketazol/fluzol but didnt go away. my last dermatologist then refered for UV Therapy/iontophoresis.

cant make out whats all on the script but the diagnosis is: Post inflamatory somehting hypopigmentation i think. and its UVB light source.

what can you tell me bout this? how does it work? what will the effects be? will i become darker, and if so is it permanent (cause i dont really want to become darker).

anything you know bout this therapy would be greatful.

thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Mike, thank you for the question.

I must start by commenting that this question is more specific to dermatology, rather than anti-ageing. I will however try my best to give you an accurate answer. I would also recommend that you speak to your dermatologist, ask any questions regarding the procedure, and speak to the doctor who will be performing the UVB treatment.
Firstly, iontophoresis is a non-invasive method of propelling high concentrations of a charged substance (usually medication or bioactive agents) transdermally using a small electrical charge.
Secondly, UVB therapy has been used to reduce the hypo-pigmentory changes that can be seen on the skin, resulting from a number of causes. You should not experience any severe darkening in the areas treated, however this is always a concern. In some patients the treatment does not work, and some possible side effects are: itching, erythema (redness), dryness of the skin, and burning.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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