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What should you consider in light therapy for your skin?

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If you're using any kind of phototherapy, including natural sunlight, make sure you aren't being exposed to risky levels of ultraviolet rays. During an artificial light session, use sunscreen or wear clothing that covers up areas that don't need treatment. Many things can make you more sensitive to light, like some blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, St. John's wort, and even celery. Avoid them when you're getting phototherapy. 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

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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

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