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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
32 male with psoriasis since 16 years. Treated with phototherapy sessions with high improvement. Want to buy uvb lamp at home. Is it effective?
May be: It might be effective. The intensity of the light may change over time and this would decrease the effectiveness. ...Read more
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
Is phototherapy ever used for medical procedures? Are there any medical conditions that can benefit from phototherapy?
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