Nowadays various types of treatments are available for numerous diseases, but unfortunately, not all of us are aware of these. Getting to know and making use of them can put an end to various health issues. Ranging from skin conditions to cancers, the light therapy can offer a permanent cure. Although light therapy is not known prominently, it has been into the medical world for centuries. However, it is essential to get treated by a qualified professional.

Devices used in Light Therapy

Find here all about the UV light therapy treatment, and how you can get benefited by the same.

The devices used for UV light therapy and the frequency depend purely on the condition and its severity. The treatment can be given either at home or a clinic, under medical supervision at either of the cases, and the devices can be either full body units or handheld devices.

For the diseases where treatment of scalp is involved, there are handheld combs available. The duration of the treatment can be somewhere between a few minutes to a couple of hours. The treatment frequency can be every day, or twice or thrice in a week. As mentioned, everything can be determined only based on the severity of the disease. There is another factor involved too, which is nothing but the response of the patient to the diseases.

Precautions

While there are not many details on how light therapy can bring down the skin conditions, it is believed that it can bring down the growth of the skin cells, in certain cases. While going for the light therapy, you need to understand that the treatment cannot be continued more than the period stated by the doctor. There are certain precautions to be taken as prolonged treatment can only lead to damage of the collagen and the cells in the skin. Also, it can result in brownish discoloration of the skin, and certain conditions might prevent the option of UV light therapy.

A few of them include-

• Patients taking photosensitive medications like Vitamin A derivatives, isotretinoin and tetracycline

• Migraine affected patients, and headache.

• Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive as ultraviolet therapy can cause birth defects.

When the treatment is continued for long, irritation, headache, nausea, skin discoloration and sunburn can occur.

Diseases Treated

A few diseases are popularly treated by UV light therapy successfully, and some of them are listed here:

• Psoriasis, this is a skin condition that can cause irritation in the elbow and other areas, and end up in pinkish scaly skin flakes all over the body.

• Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

• Skin eczema

• Persistent itching

• Vitiligo

• Graft versus host disease

• Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

• Acne vulgaris

• Neonatal jaundice

These skin conditions can be treated with ease, and there should be no case of skin cancers, and the patient should not have any allergies to the phototherapy.

It has to be understood that the treatment has to be frequent and at least 10 to 12 sessions are required for any results to be seen. Devices used can vary a lot based on the treatment style and the need of the patient.