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

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

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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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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