Ultraviolet therapy

What is Ultraviolet therapy?

Light therapy or phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using polychromatic polarised light, lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and, in some cases, at a specific time of day.

One common use of the term is associated with the treatment of skin disorders, chiefly psoriasis, acne vulgaris, eczema and neonatal jaundice.

Light therapy which strikes the retina of the eyes is used to treat circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase disorder and can also be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, with some support for its use also with non-seasonal psychiatric disorders.

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i had skin allergy two years ago and the doctor diagonised it as pupura once the problem started i was put on steroids and the problem subsided and...

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Hi i think pityriasis lichenoid chronica can be due to excessive usuage of steriods .cronic urticaria can be due to allergic food dyes and insect...

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Hello doc, I m Anita and am having severe itching on my legs and elbows and everytime I itch it becomes red and dosent go away, instead it spreads...

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There are several treatment modalities for Psoriasis. Drugs and Ultraviolet therapy are the corner stones....

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