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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Light Therapy (Overview)

Jaundice of newborns is almost always managed by exposure to light.


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What is light therapy?

What is light therapy?

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 rhythm. This sleep and wake cycle is strongly affected by the light that enters our eyes. Carefully timed light therapy allows physicians to adjust an individuals rhythm so that they feel more awake and alert. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
117 doctors shared insights

Light Therapy (Overview)

Jaundice of newborns is almost always managed by exposure to light.


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Can light therapy lamps affect the skin at all?

Can light therapy lamps affect the skin at all?

Possibly: light therapy boxes are made in such a way to generally filter out UV light but it may not be possible 100% of the time. So if you especially have sensitive skin you might have side effects on the skin ...Read more

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Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

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 price difference between the lamps truthfully. However, make sure there is an actual diagnosis, and you can discuss the light requirement in the lights you buy, and the intensity. That might guide the price. ...Read more

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I live in a bright sunny area and typically go outside; will light therapy be effective for me?

I live in a bright sunny area and typically go outside; will light therapy be effective for me?

Therapy for WHAT?: There are various types of lights used for various purposes. Send in your question again to specify what benefit you hope to gain. ...Read more

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Does sad light therapy help ?

Does sad light therapy help ?

DEFINITELY: Light therapy is very effective for seasonal mood disorder. Make sure that it is strong enough at 10, 000 lux. ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for eczema?

Does light therapy work for eczema?

Yes: Ulraviolet light (uva-1) can cause a significant improvement of both objective and subjective signs of dyshidrotic eczema [1] 1. Polderman, m. C. A., govaert, j. C. M., le cessie, s. And pavel, s. (2003), a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of uva-1 in the treatment of dyshidrotic eczema. Clinical and experimental dermatology, 28: 584–587. ...Read more

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What is the use of a light therapy device?

What is the use of a light therapy device?

Multiple uses: Light therapies can be used for treatment of seasonal affective disorder (sad), a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. Also, light therapy or phototherapy (or heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, or dichroic lamps to treat various skin conditions. ...Read more

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How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

You can't: Phototherapy needs to be given in controlled circumstances under the supervision of a doctor. Do not attempt at home. ...Read more

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Is light therapy safe and successful in leukoderma?

Is light therapy safe and successful in leukoderma?

Light. Therapy: Yes light therapy seems to work in the treatment of leukoderma. Narrowband ubv's work best. ...Read more