Reduction of the erythema response to ultraviolet light by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

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Edwards E, Horwitz S, Frost P

Arch Dermatol Res. 1982:272;263-267.

A study was performed to determine the effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIA) on erythemal response after exposure to ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation. Results of this study proved the minimal dose of light required to produce erythema was increased by 240% when NSAIA were administered two hours before phototherapy exposure. This means that giving patients NSAIA before phototherapy sessions can improve patient erythema and tolerance for higher doses of UV-B.