Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by phototherapy: advances and perspectives
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that is prevalent worldwide and seriously threatens human health. Though traditional drug therapy can alleviate RA symptoms and slow progression, high dosage and frequent administration would cause unfavorable side effects. Phototherapy including photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) has demonstrated distinctive potential in RA treatment. Under light irradiation, phototherapy can convert light into heat, or generate ROS, to promote necrosis or apoptosis of RA inflammatory cells, thus reducing the concentration of related inflammatory factors and relieving the symptoms of RA. In this review, we will summarize the development in the application of phototherapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
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