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How does phototherapy help treat eczema?

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Ultraviolet (UV) light can help treat moderate-to-severe eczema. UV rays help keep the immune system from overreacting --but too much of it can age your skin and raise your risk for skin cancer. Because of this, doctors use the lowest possible dose and watch your skin carefully when you get this treatment.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

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