Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) - Other Treatment
Other treatment for
atopic dermatitis includes light therapy and
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:
- Dietary supplements of
essential fatty acids (EFAs), such as fish oil or evening primrose oil.
- Creams that are put on the skin. These creams contain St. John's wort or vitamin B12.
- Chinese herbal therapy. But herbal therapies may also contain substances that may cause liver or heart problems.
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.