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Will phototherapy cause side effects for a two and a half year old ?

Will phototherapy cause side effects for a  two and a half year old ?

Possibly: Not because of any direct effect of phototherapy. In that age child, phototherapy has not been used in any studies i could find. Trying to use phototherapy on a child that age i believe, would likely be ineffective and possibly harmful. Harmful because they are developmentally too young to participate in or understand what is happening and could become afraid and traumatized unnecessarily. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Light Therapy (Definition)

Jaundice of newborns is almost always managed ...Read more


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Do light therapy boxes work for people with insomnia? are there any side effects?

Do light therapy boxes work for people with insomnia? are there any side effects?

Light therapy: Light therapy has been used to treat: Jet lag, transitions to night work schedules, shift work related sleep disturbances, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS), non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome & age-related sleep maintenance insomnia. For risks of light therapy see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/light-therapy/details/risks/cmc-20197423 ...Read more

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Long term effects for adults that had phototherapy as a newborn? Im always cold. I had phototherapy as a newborn in the 1970s.

Long term effects for adults that had phototherapy as a newborn? Im always cold. I had phototherapy as a newborn in the 1970s.

Not related...: If you are referring to phototherapy for a neonatal jaundice (elevated bilirubin), this would not cause the symptom you describe. Have you seen a health care provider for this? Have you had your thyroid function checked (simple blood test)? ...Read more

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Does skin phototherapy actually work?

Does skin phototherapy actually work?

For certain diseases: For certain diseases like psoriasis and vitiligo, phototherapy works very well. ...Read more

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Will phototherapy makes child's skin black?

Will phototherapy makes child's skin black?

Not likely: as long as it is being used for its intended purpose which in infants is usually jaundice. ...Read more

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How effective is phototherapy in treating psoriasis?

Very: Most psoriasis patients respond very well to phototherapy. If you get better with sunlight, it is very likely that phototherapy will lead to substantial improvement. Phototherapy is my favorite treatment when psoriasis can't be controlled with topical medicines. ...Read more

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Is phototherapy really good at controlling psoriasis?

Is phototherapy really good at controlling psoriasis?

Psoriasis Light Rx: Psoriasis is a autoimmune disorder that causes the build up of skin cells, with redness and scale. It was discovered along time ago that exposure to sun light helps psoriasis.. Other, man made light sources are also used, . There are several kinds, using uva, or uvb, or narrow band uvb. Chemicals, like coal tar, are sometimes used with the light. The light can damage the skin and cause cancers. ...Read more

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What is the difference between phototherapy and tanning session?

What is the difference between phototherapy and tanning session?

Phototherapy: Uv phototherapy is the use of ultraviolet light, prescribed by a physician, for the treatment of skin disorders such as vitiligo, eczema and psoriasis. The treatment may consist of ultraviolet in the uva, narrow-band uvb, or broadband uvb wave ranges. Most medical phototherapy is narrow-band uvb and salon tanning beds are uva. ...Read more

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When a newborn undergoes phototherapy, what organs must be protected and why?

The eyes: Phototherapy is treatment for hyperbilirubinemia. When baby is inside has lots of red blood cells, these tend to breakdown once baby is born these breakdown to bilirubin and cause yellowing. This can be normal but if levels are high they can affect the brain, so photo protects the brain. Risks are minimal but there is theoretical risk to the eyes, so a mask is used to cover. Other skin exposed. ...Read more

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Why would you need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis?

Why would you need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis?

Only if very severe: A person would only need phototherapy for atopic dermatitis if all the other treatments tried had failed to bring about improvement in the condition. These include antihistamines, topical anti-inflammatory creams, excellent skin hydration and searches for triggers that can be treated with avoidance or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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How long do the results of phototherapy last? Phototherapy seems kind of expensive to me. How long do the benefits typically last? .

Age of patient?: It is not clear what you are asking. Are you asking about phototherapy for newborns who are jaundiced? Please clarify before we can answer ...Read more

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Psoriosis phototherapy uvb lamp, do they work?

Phototherapy: While sunlight can help, artificial ultraviolet light can be used on your psoriasis plaques with more precision. Uvb treatment involves exposing yourself to lights designed to emit the sort of ultraviolet rays that are most helpful for psoriasis. Usually, you would get uvb treatment at the doctor's office, but you may also do it at home using a phototherapy lamp recommended by your doctor. Typical. ...Read more

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Could phototherapy cure my overly dry skin? My skin is incredibly dry no matter what i do. Could phototherapy improve this? .

Could phototherapy cure my overly dry skin? My skin is incredibly dry no matter what i do.  Could phototherapy improve this?

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No it will not: No phototherapy will not cure dry skin but may make it worse use mosturisers immediately after bathing daily, do not use soap, and use liquid cleaners, like 1 dove delicate cream oil body wash 2 olay age defying body wash 3 dove pre age ody wash 4 olay ultra moisture body wash with shea butter 5 dove ultra rich cream oil body wash olay body wash plus body butter and there many be many more. ...Read more