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A Light of a Different Color: What Various Wavelengths Can Do for Your Health

The use of light as medicine may be making its way back into the skincare scene, but it has been around for—well,  ever. “The sun is your best medicine” isn’t just a popular saying, it’s true. The “invention” of concentrated light medicine in the medical world dates back as early as 1895 when it was first utilized by Niels Ryberg Finsen to treat lupus vulgaris. What happened? The treatment was soon replaced with antibiotics, much like today’s light medicine alternatives being swapped for pharmaceutical drugs. The good news is doctors and their patients are seeing the pros to using an all natural treatment that isn’t a “trend”-enter light medicine back onto the scene.

There are five major types of light medicine that are utilized for several different ailments. The various wavelengths have specific chemical reactions within the body’s cells that allow them to treat a wide array of conditions ranging from pain management and wound healing to acne and anti-aging. Below are the most popular uses of light medicine and what they can offer the world of medicine.

 

What Color Light Do You Need?

RED: 633 nm

  • Linked to stimulating hair growth
  • Triggers collagen-producing cells that plump and rejuvenate skin
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, rosacea, and scarring
  • Assists in bringing moisture to the skin and reversing sun damage

BLUE: 470 nm

  • Kills bacteria associated with whiteheads and blemishes
  • Suppresses overactive skin cells to treat autoimmune conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • Evens out hyper-pigmentation/reduces de-coloration in the skin alleviating conditions like vitiligo, melasma, and neonatal jaundice
  • Can help reset the sleep cycle and produce melatonin to combat insomnia
  • Serves as a source of natural light to reduce symptoms of depression especially in S.A.D

GREEN: 520 nm

  • Reduces the production of melanocytes and improves pigmentation helping reduce the appearance of :
    • • Freckles
      • Age spots
      • Reddish and brownish patches
      • Liver spots

YELLOW/AMBER: 592 nm

  • Increases the production of red blood cells and stimulates circulation helping reduce the appearance of :
    • Sunburn
    • Rosacea
    • Redness, swelling and inflammation
    • Broken blood vessels

INFRARED: 700nm

  • Encourages the release of nitric oxide giving it anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves blood flow to alleviate pain
  • Used for carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Gum/Teeth care and other sites of inflammation or infection
  • Has recently been linked to the treatment of alzheimers and dementia

 

Sources:

http://www.apirascience.com/blog/shedding-light-on-the-benefits-of-light-therapy/

 

 

 

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Brand Advocate Contest

Enter for a chance to win our Brand Advocate Contest and receive a FREE home phototherapy device!

For details, check out the rules below. 

What is a Brand Advocate?

Webopedia.com defines a brand advocate as, “a person, or customer who talks favorably about a brand or product, and then passes on positive word-of-mouth (WOM) messages about the brand to other people.” Why does UVBioTek want to find a brand advocate? We are searching for a person with moderate to severe psoriasis who wants to test out a product that works. By posting about your device, tracking your success, and passing on the word about our products, UVBioTek will be able to reach people like you who are looking for a new treatment. In return for your help in spreading awareness, UVBioTek will give you a device to use free of charge, as long as your doctor will pass off on a prescription. The value of our at home light treatments retail at $399, but your help is priceless so your unit is, too! To check out how to enter the Brand Advocate Contest, check out the rules below! If chosen, you will be contacted by a member of UVBioTek’s Marketing Squad to chat about what is next! Thank you for your interest and good luck brand advocates!

Rules to Enter the Brand Advocate Contest:

1. Follow our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook Account (if you already follow us, you will be entered after also completing the following steps. Contestants who do not follow us must do so on one or all accounts in addition to completing the following steps. If you follow one account you will be entered once, two accounts equals two entries, and a follow on all three triples your chance to win).
2. Tag three friends who you think would like to see daily psoriasis/eczema/vitiligo/acne tips
3. Take a selfie showing off your skin with the hashtag #skincluded

BONUS: Contestants who DM us their email will receive a free psoriasis tips info packet and will be entered into the contest AGAIN totaling a chance to enter 4 times if you follow all three accounts.✨ ***For legal rules and regulations of the contest, please see the text below. GOOD LUCK💕

 

Brand Advocate Contest Legalities:

***Once a winner is selected, proof of prescription from your primary care doctor or dermatologist must be submitted. UVBioTek’s customer care team will walk you through the 3 required forms to get legally approved for the medical device. Once the paperwork is filed and our team has a prescription in hand, the device is yours!

 

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Preparing for Your Dermatology Appointment

Preparing for Your Dermatology Appointment

Scheduling a dermatology appointment comes with more responsibility than just clearing the date on your calendar. Though you should trust and value the opinion of your doctor, it is important that you have also taken the time to educate yourself on your condition. When it comes to your skin and seeing a dermatologist, awareness and attention to detail are more important than ever. Dermatology is a specialized field that requires the patient to be an active participant in care. There are several skin conditions that, because they vary on a case by case basis, can be misdiagnosed. A misdiagnosis can lead to taking the wrong kind of medication, letting your actual condition go untreated, and eventually may cause new or worsening symptoms. With your help and participation, a dermatologist will be better able to successfully diagnose and treat your condition. Below are the top four ways you can prepare for your dermatology appointment and guarantee that you leave with exactly what you came for: answers.

Keep Track of Your Symptoms

One of the most important factors in preparing for your dermatology appointment is journaling your day to day experiences. Things can change in an instant, and what you thought might be a rash could turn out to be an autoimmune disease. Taking the time to record how you are feeling and how your condition has evolved may be the key to finding out what is going on under your skin. Everyday Health Inc. wrote an article outlining why psoriasis symptoms should be tracked daily, stating:

“Note down key events of the day: what you ate, how you slept, what stresses you were under. If you have a flare-up, you can then look back at the preceding days for clues to discover what might have triggered your psoriasis symptoms. Did you eat something different? Consume more alcohol than usual? Sleep less? Injure your skin? Get a sunburn? Sometimes a psoriatic flare-up doesn’t show up for 10 to 14 days after a triggering event, especially after a skin injury from a cut, scratch, or severe sunburn. With a diary, you’ll have an accurate, detailed history on hand and won’t have to guess what might have set off a psoriasis flare-up.”

These same sentiments can be applied to anything you may be experiencing with your skin. If you have a record of how things have been happening and when, certain facets of your condition won’t go undetected. If you have trouble keeping a notebook with you, you can use apps like Symple which monitor your symptoms over a specific period of time. Write down anything and everything that you notice changing; these random, insignificant notes may seem like they have no pattern to you, but a dermatologist will be able to use your observations as a resource in giving you the right diagnosis.

Know Your Medical History

Many skin conditions can appear without explanation, but often times there are risk factors that can trigger your skin condition to appear. Psoriasis, for example, can be brought on because of a family history with the disease or even a viral infection. An accurate record of your medical history as well as any relevant familial history will assist your dermatologist with early detection. The more you are able to tell your dermatologist, the more they will be able to string together clues and form a more complete picture of your health. The U.S. National Library of Medicine states, “by noticing patterns of disorders among relatives, healthcare professionals can determine whether an individual, other family members, or future generations may be at an increased risk of developing a particular condition.”

In addition to knowing what conditions you may be genetically predisposed to, you should also be aware of things in your immediate past that could affect your health in the future. Widely known triggers for guttate psoriasis are streptococcal infections, upper respiratory infections, and tonsilitis. This early-onset psoriasis is usually found in children and young adults who are otherwise healthy. Mentioning what sicknesses and ailments you have had in the past are always relevant to your dermatologist-don’t rule anything out just because it seems like it could be unrelated. If you find yourself having difficulties remembering everything you need to know about your health records, there are apps like My Medical that will store everything for you. However you choose to keep your medical history up to date is up to you, but it is vital that you recall everything you can while preparing for your dermatology appointment.

Do Your Own Research

There is a balance that exists between self-diagnosing via WebMD and being completely in the dark; doing your research does not mean you know more about your condition than your doctor does, but it can help them in reaching a diagnosis. Not-for-profit Dignity Health writes, “While the Internet is a good source of useful health information, there is no substitute for consulting a trained medical professional who can interpret and explain your research. It’s good to do your homework, but you also need to be ready to listen to your provider’s advice so you can work together and make educated choices about your health care.”

Often times, an appointment with your dermatologist can mean 45 minutes in the waiting room and only 10 minutes of one-on-one time with your provider. In order to make the most out of your appointment, being a well-informed patient can steer the conversation in the right direction. The American Academy of Dermatology has an extensive database to browse if you don’t know exactly what is going on with your skin. Search through the various conditions and see if any images or symptoms seem to line up with what you are experiencing. This guide released by the U.S. National Library of Medicine can help you determine which websites are worth a visit and which ones are not a valid source of medical information. If you find a piece of information that is credible, relevant, and supports the reason for your visit-print it out and show your dermatologist. Having supporting material to explain something you cannot explain yourself will assist you in better preparing for your dermatology appointment.

Write Down Your Questions

Before visiting your dermatologist, take notes of anything you are confused or unsure about. Whether you came across something you didn’t understand or you simply want to know all options regarding treatment, having your thoughts written down will help you address anything and everything possible. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Rohini Bhat recommended that ‘if you have questions or concerns, write them down before your visit with the doctor.’ Bhat went on to state,“This helps keep your thoughts organized…try to write the ones that are most important to you first so that if the doctor does not have time to go over all your concerns at one visit, the most important ones will have been answered for you.”

The article also cites the National Institutes of Health’s advice: bring a family member or friend. By having someone close to you attend the visit, you can to ensure nothing is left unsaid or forgotten during your appointment with your dermatologist. If you’re having trouble preparing questions or still feel like you need assistance, there are examples available to get the conversation going. These 10 Questions Doctors Wish Their Patients Would Ask set a good foundation for you to begin feeling comfortable with the dialogue. Asking questions can also prompt the dermatologist to take a different route with their diagnosis and in turn help in the early detection of your condition.

Be an empowered patient and your own health advocate. Foster a trusting, open relationship with your dermatologist. Understand what is going on with your body and use the resources available to you. Trust your instincts and seek out the care you deserve. Preparing for your next dermatology appointment means you’ll make the most out of your visit, never waste time, all while saving your skin in the process.

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Skin Treatment Options: Taking Control

A lot of things about your skin are out of your control; the stress, unpredictable flare-ups, and mental anguish that accompany an autoimmune condition can be debilitating. One thing you can control (and that can impact all aspects of your skin condition) is the selection of your psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo or other skin treatment. Being proactive means doing your own research  and asking the right questions about your skin treatment. EveryBODY is different; what may work for one person may not necessarily work for you. Phototherapy is a safe, effective option that isn’t always presented as the first plan of attack; always rest assured that other alternatives exist, and could be the skin treatment you’ve been searching for.

Skin Treatment Conversation with Nurse and Patient

What skin treatment options has your doctor given you?

Your relationship with your primary care physician is one that is built on trust and understanding. While your doctor most definitely chose their profession to help others, some health professionals can become overwhelmingly busy and thus distracted. Doing some basic research about your skin treatment options will help you ask your doctor important questions that will steer the conversation in the right direction (without wasting time).

Other than time restraints, doctors are also contacted by pharmaceutical reps countless times a month, leaving them with those brands in the forefront of their minds. An article published on consumerreports.org stated, “Our patient survey suggests that’s a possible point of friction. Patients were less satisfied when they thought their doctors relied too much on prescription drugs and were unwilling to consider nontraditional or nondrug treatments. More than one-quarter of patients indicated some level of discomfort with their doctors’ inclination to prescribe drugs. If you are concerned about your doctor’s relationship with pharmaceutical companies, don’t hesitate to bring up the subject at your next visit.”

Make sure you feel fully informed and aware of your condition as well as the options available for treatment. Popular remedies can be presented as the ONLY effective skin treatment option when in fact other approaches like phototherapy can be safer and yield better results.

 Have you weighed the pros and cons of your skin treatment?

There are side effects attached to any medication or skin treatment you will try, some are just more serious than others; the FDA approves drugs safe as long as a medicine’s benefits outweighs its known risks. What does this mean for consumers? Educated choices are more important than anything when selecting your treatment. Knowing your allergies, keeping an updated list of all your medications, and going over an in-depth health history with your doctor can help you decide if a medicine is worth trying. It is also important to know exactly how your skin treatment should work, when it will become effective, and what you can expect for side-effects.

When you start to do your own research about your prescriptions, things can  become overwhelming. A good rule of thumb and way to decide if something is worth the risk is understanding what you want from your skin treatment. The FDA says, “You must decide what risks you can and will accept in order to get the benefits you want. For example, if facing a life-threatening illness, you might choose to accept more risk in the hope of getting the benefits of a cure or living a longer life. On the other hand, if you are facing a minor illness, you might decide that you want to take very little risk. In many situations, the expert advice of your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professionals can help you make the decision.”

What are other people saying about a particular skin treatment?

Often times you may feel alone when dealing with your condition; it may seem like you are ostracized, misunderstood, or even fighting a battle by yourself. The good news? Many people out there are asking themselves the same questions and there are places they are having these conversations. Online support forums are becoming more and more popular and are popping up everywhere on the web. You can search for almost any ailment and an online community is there to answer your questions or offer advice. These anonymous blogs cover the simplest to the most hard to talk about subjects, allowing all members to interact and offer input when they feel like they can help.

One of the most attractive features of this resource is tapping into a network of people who offer an unbiased opinion. It is within these forums that you can find users talking about how a certain biologic, ointment, or oral drug worked for them. You can ask about side effects, efficacy rates, remission times, or any other topic that a patient could answer better than a doctor. If you’re finding yourself skeptical about a skin treatment that was prescribed to you, chances are there is someone in a forum near you willing and ready to discuss it.

The reviews and input of your peers can be a great indicator of what direction you should take with your skin treatment if you’re feeling unsure. As a rule, these forums should serve as a complement to your doctor’s suggestions and not as a replacement for them. Like any other resource available to us, we must take everything into consideration before forming an educated decision on what our next steps should be.

What can you afford?

If we had zero limitations when it came to optimizing our health, we would always be in peak physical and mental condition. Imagine a world of free gym memberships, cheap medical supplements, cabinets full of organic food, and problem-free skin?  Unfortunately, our finances and insurance coverage make this perfect place one that only exists in our imaginations; high medical costs or no coverage often limit our choices.

Before you decide on whether you’ll be using an ointment, getting an injection of a biologic, or undergoing phototherapy treatment, you’ll have to examine both your budget and your insurance plan. Breaking down the costs on an annual basis is useful in seeing the reality of how much you are spending instead of letting a one-time-payment deter you. Without insurance coverage, prescriptions for biologics can be pricey. An article on Web MD states that, “Biologic drugs are expensive. Depending on the drug and the dose, they can cost $10,000 to $30,000 a year.”

At-home phototherapy systems are an excellent alternative for someone who is looking to purchase a unit and avoid recurring costs. Depending on the unit, phototherapy systems for home use can cost anywhere from $500-7,200 without insurance coverage. The payment is a one-time fee, or you can finance your unit, and after that you avoid incurring any other expenses other than routine maintenance. A feature on medscape.com delves into the details of cost-breakdown and writes, “for long-term treatment of psoriasis for select patients, [home phototherapy] may prove to be the most economical option.”

For people who have medical coverage, some companies hire insurance liaisons who work to get your skin treatment covered any way they can.  These professionals will handle your claim from beginning to end and deal with the seemingly impossible task of working with your insurance company. Next time you’re researching skin treatments, check and see if the company has an insurance portal where you can ask questions and get answers about your health insurance and what it will pay for.

In Short:

Always ask yourself these four important questions when you are narrowing down your skin treatment options. What is someone else, might not be the best for you, and it never hurts to ask your doctor about something you have found while doing your own research. It is vital that you understand what is going on with your skin as well as the available remedies to treat it; never feel like you can’t ask questions and always make sure you use all resources available to you. You may feel out of control when it comes to the onset of your skin condition, but your skin treatment choices are always in your hands. 

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Protein Linked to Psoriasis Treated with nbUVB

New Evidence for Effectiveness of Phototherapy in Treating Psoriasis

A new study from the Polish Medical University of Białystok found that a protein called MMP-2, which has been linked to the pathology of Psoriasis, is markedly decreased after treatment with narrow-band (311nm) Ultraviolet light.

Reported in Psoriasis News Today, the study treated 100 test subjects, 49 with Psoriasis, by exposing them to 20 sessions of NBUVB treatment, up to 3 sessions per week.

Blood samples taken before and after each treatment found that plasma concentration of MMP-2 had dropped significantly in the patient’s with moderate or severe psoriasis, and was correlated to a decrease in visible psoriasis symptoms.

Include Phototherapy in Your Practice Today

This is among a large and growing body of scientific evidence for the high efficacy and validity of phototherapy as a treatment modality for moderate and severe psoriasis.

If psoriasis sufferers are among your patients, now is the time to consider our powerful selection of sophisticated, state-of-the-art, spatially economic phototherapy units, to keep you and your practice on the cutting edge of medical science.

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Are Biologics Worth a Shot?

The Hidden Risk of Biologics and The Untold Story of Home Phototherapy

If you suffer from psoriasis, you’ve probably heard of the biologic drugs available for treatment. But have you ever heard of home phototherapy? If you haven’t, you’re not alone – and there’s a lot of money being spent to keep you in the dark.

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Otezla for Psoriasis in question…

 

No Drugs, No Injections, No Side Effects - UVBiotek, LLC

If you suffer from moderate to severe psoriasis and watch TV at all, you’ve certainly seen the ads.  From the family in the swimming pool to the happy women who can now wear shorts, the new class of prescription drugs has arrived…

Unlike the old school “Biologics” that require an injection, and often regular blood tests, they claim to have less side-effects. Expense appears to be another issue, what with insurance plans increasing co-pays, deductibles, and even denying coverage for some patients!

One of the most visited psoriasis forums speaks volumes relative to patient perspectives vs. the multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Below are some comments regarding efficacy, pricing and adverse reactions from the drug Otezla (Apremilast):

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Narrow Band UVB exposure increases Vitamin D?

uvb-slide31A few months ago a prominent Dermatologist in the NYC area purchased a Phototherapy system from UVBioTek, The Clear Choice is Skin Treatments!  Her practice had discontinued billing insurance plans, so we were rather surprised when her office manager requested the order of our flagship 32 lamp full-body system.  The practice was not interested in treating the traditional indications such as psoriasis, eczema, or vitiligo. Of course they would offer this safe and effective modality if patients requested an alternative to the high risk prescription injections or drugs.  Yet this progressive practice was interested in a different application for this time tested “light therapy”, using NB UVB lamps, normally presrcibed for chronic skin conditions…

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Big Pharma, Big Bucks!

If you have psoriasis or know someone who does, we don’t have to remind you of the life-long challenges in treating and controlling this chronic skin condition.  The over 7  million Americans suffering know all too well how psoriasis impacts the physical and psychological aspects of their health…

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