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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

Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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What is the difference between light therapy and tanning beds?

What is the difference between light therapy and tanning beds?

Type of light: The wavelength of light i'd different. Light therapy, using light from the part of the light spectrum you can see, does not cause burns or increase your risk for skin cancer. Tanning beds do. ...Read more

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Can I use a tanning bed as light therapy to improve my moodiness?

NO, : Absolutely not. You expose yourself to risk of cancer. Phototherapy lights impact the eye - in a tanning bed the eyes are covered. ...Read more

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What's the difference between full-spectrum bulbs and light therapy lamps for sad?

What's the difference between full-spectrum bulbs and light therapy lamps for sad?

Name only, usually.: Full spectrum bulbs should have the same mix of light rays that sunlight does or they are not full spectrum bulbs. To be effective light therapy lamps should also try, as much as possible, to mimic the suns' rays. It is easier to do so with larger lamps. Some portable led lamps will not usually have that advantage. ...Read more

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For seasonal affective disorder, is there a difference between full-spectrum and light therapy lamps?

For seasonal affective disorder, is there a difference between full-spectrum and light therapy lamps?

Shouldn't be: The light therapy lamps should be using full-spectrum bulbs, and should say that somewhere on the package. If not, i would avoid them and use a product that uses this description. The ott lights were the original bulbs of this type, and can now be found in many hardware stores (lowes, home depot, etc.). ...Read more

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During light therapy for psoriasis, how many minutes does each session take..How long will I be under the uv lamp each time?

That depends: The duration of treatment for ultraviolet phototherapy depends on several factors including your skin type (how light or dark you are), the type of ultraviolet unit being used, the age of the bulbs, etc. The actual dosage of light in millijoules is a more accurate measure than the time which varies from unit to unit. The dose is gradually increased as your skin acclimates to the uv light. ...Read more

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