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Am I a good candidate for photodynamic therapy?
The best candidates for PDT
may be those with lighter or fair skin with sun damage.
You may not be a good candidate for photodynamic therapy if you have darker
skin that tends to turn brown or discolor with certain light or laser
treatments. You may also not be a good candidate for PDT if you are very
sensitive to light, burn extremely easily, would be unable to stay out of
sunlight for the required 24-48 hours, or are taking medications which may make
you very sensitive to sunlight or light-based therapies. People with certain medical diseases (such as systemic lupus erythematosus) may not be candidates for PDT because of increased risk of burning from the light exposure.
Your decision on the best treatment choice may depend on different factors
such as the location and type of skin lesions, your past treatments, your
overall health, and level of comfort. Your physician can help you sort through
the different treatments.
Your physician needs to know of any other medical
conditions that may affect your procedure or overall wound healing. You would
want to make sure to tell your physician beforehand if you have any extreme
sensitivity to light-based treatments, take medications which make you very
sensitive to light, have had a problem or bad effect from prior PDT, have
systemic lupus erythematosus, or suffer from a condition called porphyria.
Your PDT physician needs to know if you have had a history of
other skin infections in the recent past. You will also want to advise your
physician if you have a history of frequent cold sores (herpes virus infections
on your face). In that case, you may be prescribed an antiviral tablet (cold-sore
prevention pill) to take before and after your procedure. You may be asked to
wash with a special antibiotic soap or wash like chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) the
night or morning before your procedure to help reduce the number of bacteria on
Patients may need to also advise their physician of any drug allergies such
as to topical anesthetics or other photosensitizers. Additionally, the surgeon
may need to know of any bleeding or bruising tendencies, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS,
Your physician will want to know of any factors that may affect your surgery
or wound healing.