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How does phototherapy treat severe eczema?

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If your doctor suggests “light therapy,” you’ll sit under a special machine that emits UVB light. UVB rays are the type that can give you a sunburn. But when you’re exposed to very small amounts, they actually help your skin.

UVB rays can reduce itching and inflammation. They can also help your skin resist bacteria that can cause infections. Up to 70% of people with stubborn eczema see their symptoms improve after about a month of light therapy.

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Katta, R. , March 2014. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

Walling, H. , published online July 28, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

National Eczema Association: “Phototherapy,” “Immunosuppresants,” “Topical Cacineurin Inhibitors.”

FDA: “Public Health Advisory: Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics,”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, “Eczema,” “Oral Steroids,” “Phototherapy: UVB.”

ChoosingWisely.org: “Antibiotics for your Skin.”

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: “Alitretinoin for the treatment of severe chronic hand eczema.”

Ghasri, P. , published online April 19, 2010. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology

American Psychological Association: “The Link Between Skin and Psychology.”

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center: “Understanding Biofeedback.”

McMenamy, C. September 1988. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 04, 2018

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