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How can I take care of myself while using phototherapy?

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If you use any kind of phototherapy, including natural sunlight, make sure you aren't being exposed to high levels of ultraviolet rays. If yu use UVB or PUVA, don't sun yourself in the yard or go for a walk without sunscreen. During a light session, use sunscreen or wear clothing that covers up areas that don't need treatment. Stay away from things that can make you more sensitive to light, like some blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, St. John's wort, and celery. Have regular skin exams to check for signs of skin cancer. 

From: Light Therapy for Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chair, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chair, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Phototherapy."

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 21, 2019

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