The assignee for this patent, patent number 8523925, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This disclosure relates to treatments for inflammatory diseases of the skin, and more specifically to methods for devices and treating ultraviolet light-sensitive dermatoses.
"Inflammatory diseases of the skin affect a large portion of the population resulting in significant morbidity. Psoriasis, for example, affects at least 1% of the population. This disease involves an abnormally fast rate of cell proliferation in the basal layer of the epidermis giving rise to red, scaly plaques and bleeding when traumatized (the 'Auspitz sign'). Past methods of treatment of skin psoriasis include the application of tars, salicylic acid, steroids, ultraviolet light (phototherapy), and a combination of ultraviolet light, used in conjunction with photoactive compounds (photochemotherapy).
"Photochemotherapy involves treatment with ultraviolet radiation of an affected area in combination with a topically or systemically applied medicament that sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet radiation (e.g., psoralen). Typically ultraviolet-A (UV-A) light (so-called long wave UV light) having wavelengths from 310 to 440 nm is used for this purpose. Unfortunately, successful treatment requires that UV radiation must be applied until an erythema (sunburn) is created. In some cases, the eyes of patients systemic undergoing psoralen and topical UV treatment may be sensitized to sunlight for several hours after treatment. In addition, some patients find the medicament difficult to tolerate. Furthermore, this therapy requires 20-25 radiation sessions which result in darkening of the pigmentation of the skin. In addition, treatment of scalp psoriasis in particular has been limited by two other problems. First, patients are reluctant to apply medications regularly which must remain on their scalps for hours at a time. Second, light from conventional treatment devices does not effectively penetrate hair covering the scalp.
"Phototherapy involves simply UV irradiation of the affected area. For example, psoriasis has been treated with ultraviolet-B (UV-B) light having wavelengths from 290-320 nm. Other skin diseases which have been treated successfully with ultraviolet light include eczema, mycosis fungoides, and lichen planus. In addition, ultraviolet light may have a role in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis.
"Phototherapeutic methods have included the use of mercury vapor high pressure radiation devices and those UV sources having varying spectral distribution. For example, UV-B lamps such as devices which produce radiation from a metal halide or mercury vapor source and which filters the emitted UV light with colored glass have been used (see e.g., U.S. Pat. No. 4,558,700). These devices emit UV in the range of 270-365 nm (mostly 270-315 nm), and cause erythema. Devices which emit wavelengths of 320-330 nm and greater have also been used for so-called super-high-intensive phototherapy (SHIP).
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