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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) - Other Treatment

Other treatment for atopic dermatitis includes light therapy and complementary therapies.

Light therapy

Severe atopic dermatitis may be treated by exposing affected skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types of ultraviolet light, called ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

Too much sun exposure and light treatment (such as with UVA or UVB treatments) increases your risk of skin cancer.

Complementary or alternative treatments

Complementary or alternative treatments may be helpful for treating atopic dermatitis. Some small studies showed benefit from these treatments. But there isn't clear scientific evidence to show that they help. Examples of complementary and alternative treatments for atopic dermatitis include:

If you are interested in these treatments, talk to your doctor. Ask about the treatments' use, their effectiveness, and any possible interactions related to other medicines you are taking.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 17, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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