American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 501–531 | Cite as

The Safety and Efficacy of Narrow Band Ultraviolet B Treatment in Dermatology: A Review

  • Anna Sokolova
  • Andrew LeeEmail author
  • Saxon D Smith
Review Article


Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy is an important treatment modality in dermatology. The most common dermatological indications for NBUVB include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and vitiligo; however, it has been found to be an effective and well-tolerated treatment option in various other dermatoses. The efficacy of NBUVB phototherapy compares favorably with other available photo(chemo)therapy options and its efficacy is further augmented by a number of topical and systemic adjuncts. The long-term safety of NBUVB phototherapy remains to be fully elucidated; however, available data now suggest that it is safe and well-tolerated. The objective of this review was to summarize the current understanding of the safety and efficacy of NBUVB phototherapy in dermatology.


Atopic Dermatitis Vitiligo Plaque Psoriasis Mycosis Fungoides Pimecrolimus 
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No funding was received for the preparation of this review.

Conflict of interest

Anna Sokolova, Andrew Lee and Saxon Smith have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Westmead HospitalWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyRoyal North Shore HospitalSt LeonardsAustralia
  3. 3.Northern Clinical SchoolThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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