International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

UV Phototherapy Has Positive Effect in Viral Treatments
Amir Hashem Shahidi Bonjar

Ultraviolet phototherapy is being widely used in clinics for many reasons; however, there is no report on its use in treatment of human viral diseases. The conventional chemotherapeutic treatments for viral diseases such as HIV, flu, Ebola and viral STDs do not address successful outcomes. Here, a new adjuvant therapy is hypothesized; Adjuvant Ultraviolet Phototherapy (AUVP), which in conjunction with conventional therapies will enhance the results of the treatments for viral diseases. AUVP therapy will elevate blood vitamin D content; in turn vitamin D promotes immune system to fight viral infections. Furthermore, UV penetrates through skin to some extent and has direct antiviral effect. Such effects in conjunction with conventional treatments have cumulative actions to suppress the viral maladies. AUVP hypothesis is proposed with supportive evidences postulated from the following scientific findings: a) there is correlation between sunlight (UV) intensity, blood content of vitamin D and flu incidence; b) flu almost disappears in the months following the summer solstice; c) influenza is more common in the tropics during diminished sunlight; d) children exposed to sunlight are less likely to get colds; e) children with vitamin D deficiency suffer from frequent respiratory viral infections. These clues indicate vitamin D increases in people exposed to UV or sunlight; making them less vulnerable to viral invasions. Implication of AUVP for its adjunct curative effect can be achieved using technician supervised tanning beds, sunbaths, tanning machines or light cabinets. AUVP suppressive action can be implemented in: immune-suppressed persons exposed to or came in contact with patients with dangerous viral infections, patients showing early stages of acute phase of viral infections, patients with long lasting chronic phase of viral infections, prophylactic treatments for people with high risk of viral infections as nurses or other hospital personnel during viral epidemics. Before it's implication on humans, AUVP treatment should be first evaluated in animal studies.

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