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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
16 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Sleep treatment: Our tendency to feel sleepy at certain times and awake other times are strongly influenced by natural body rhythms called the sleep wake circadian rhy ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possibly: If you have been diagnosed with sad, seasonal affective disorder, then light therapy can be very helpful in alleviating the problem. I don't know the ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Being outside exposed to sunlight and fresh air is good for you and helps promote vitamin d production. Wear sunscreen though. Skin cancer is the most ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes.: It is in fact the most effective treatment for sad.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
Sometimes: This may help resolve some acne spots more quickly. But is expensive. Significant acne will still require skilled management with combinations of meds ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience in Dermatology
Photorejuvenation: Ipl is a filtered light device that is effective in removing brown spots and blood vessels, good for treating sun damaged, acne and rosacea skin. With ... Read More
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A 85-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience in Pediatrics
Check with Urologist: While there are minor physical differences between red and green laser beams, medical benefits depends upon the type of device used in its delivery, b ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience in Dermatology
Yes, if used w/ ALA: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) will help reduce sebaceous gland oil production and improve acne flares. It's effective if used with alpha-aminolevulanic ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brock Ridenour
35 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Pdt for actinic keratoses (skin) is a proven treatment and results in significant reduction of both clinically apparent and as yet undetected precance ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Hazlett
53 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: But not in all cases. To be effective light therapy has to be consistent with the correct light frequencies and be convenient to do or it isn't rigoro ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Possibly: If light therapy refers to UV light therapy it might be somewhat beneficial but i would be very careful with the amount exposed to your skin so as not ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
No: Atopic eczema responds to omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
15 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends what for: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is appl ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Not really: There is some thought that seasonal affective disorder is a variant of bipolar disorder. Light therapy can be effective food those who experience depr ... Read More
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A 85-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
It can be in the rig: It can be in the right hands. Benefits of Greenlight™ Laser PVP AMS GreenLight Laser Minimal bleeding Only 30% of patients need a post-op catheter ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Maybe: There's talk of some wavelengths helping kill the bacteria. This is no substitute for the therapy that actually works for everybody else. If topical b ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Acne treatments: Photodynamic therapy using a topical sensitizing agent and red or blue light can certainly help acne. Non-prescription blue-light devices can possibl ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Schwartz
37 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Light therapy is the most effective treatment for sad. Light boxes are no more than a bank of fluorescent bulbs with reflector shields to concentrate ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Soto
25 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Many studies have shown the benefit of light therapy for sad. Now there is even evidence that blue light is the most important wavelength.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: But it's expensive. I doubt insurance would cover it.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: It often works quite well. But it's not officially approved for that purpose (yet). And it's expensive. And insurance rarely covers it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Adjunct: Don't neglect stuff that works. Topicals like benzoyl peroxide and or retinoids acid are your mainstay. Your physician can add stronger stuff as requi ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience in Dermatology
Photodynamic therapy: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) involves activation of a photosensitizer by visible light in the presence of oxygen to produce reactive oxygen radicals wh ... Read More

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