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1994; 39: 6. Light therapy may be used alone or in combination with other agents or treatments for vitiligo. Light therapy may be used alone or in combination with other agents or treatments for vitiligo. Light therapy may be used alone or in combination with other agents or treatments for vitiligo. Aetna has additional information in its Clinical Policy Bulletin on Cold Laser and High-Power Laser Therapies. Fluorescent light box is recommended, but optimal timing and length of light exposure vary between studies. Fluorescent light box is recommended, but optimal timing and length of light exposure vary between studies.

Fluorescent light box is recommended, but optimal timing and length of light exposure vary between studies. It has been used in combination with other treatments for long-term, major depressive disorder, and less severe depression that relates to seasonal changes. It has been used in combination with other treatments for long-term, major depressive disorder, and less severe depression that relates to seasonal changes. Light therapy is recommended as a first treatment option for people with SAD. Light therapy is recommended as a first treatment option for people with SAD. There is strong evidence in support of the use of broadband UVA, narrowband UVB, and UVA1. There is strong evidence in support of the use of broadband UVA, narrowband UVB, and UVA1.

Broadband UVA and UVA1 may be effective for damage deeper beneath the skin, while narrowband UVB therapy may be effective for damage closer to the surface. Broadband UVA and UVA1 may be effective for damage deeper beneath the skin, while narrowband UVB therapy may be effective for damage closer to the surface. Light therapy may benefit people with scleroderma. This may be more beneficial than phototherapy alone and is thought to reduce the risk of skin cancer that may increase with long-term light therapy use. Light therapy has been combined with retinoids (compounds related to vitamin A) for the treatment of psoriasis. Phototherapy is the first line treatment for babies with jaundice in both developed and developing countries of the world. Jaundice is a common problem for newborns during the first week of life.

The use of phototherapy alone is not recommended for people with late-stages of mycosis fungoides, a common form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. UVB phototherapy and PUVA are considered first-line treatment options for people who have early stage lymphoma. Some researchers believe that it may have advantages over broadband UVB and photochemotherapy (PUVA), such as fewer long-term side effects. Narrowband UVB phototherapy has been found to be effective in the early stages of the disease. Phototherapy is currently used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Phototherapy is currently used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Additional research is warranted.

Light therapy is believed to benefit children as well, but there is debate surrounding the potential increased risk of skin cancer with long-term use. Phototherapy may be used in combination with other treatments for adults who have atopic dermatitis, an itchy skin rash. Non-targeted blue and red light treatments have also been found to be useful for people with acne vulgaris. Ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy: This therapy exposes skin to UVB light of wavelengths around 280-320 nanometers. Long-wavelength ultraviolet A light (UVA1, 340-400 nanometers) was developed as a “pure”, high intensity UVA source. Long-wavelength ultraviolet A light (UVA1, 340-400 nanometers) was developed as a “pure”, high intensity UVA source. Ultraviolet A (UVA) therapy: This therapy exposes skin to UVA light of wavelengths around 320-400 nanometers.

This form of light therapy is being used for psychological disorders. The pad is placed on the baby’s back. Bath psoralen-ultraviolet A (PUVA) phototherapy is reportedly an effective alternative option to PUVA taken by mouth for skin conditions like psoriasis, with fewer side effects. Balneophototherapy and bath PUVA phototherapy: This involves the use of long-wave ultraviolet (UV) radiation plus a psoralen (agent that increases light sensitivity) delivered in a diluted bath solution. Home phototherapy systems are also available. Different units and devices have different recommended treatment distances, with most suggesting a distance of 10 inches from the bulbs to the skin. Natural sunlight does not offer wavelengths of useful light in strong enough concentrations.

The use of light therapy in medicine has a long history. Caution is needed in people who have a history of skin cancer or eye disease or are using agents that may increase their sensitivity to light. It is also used for many skin conditions including atopic dermatitis (itchy skin disorder), acne, morphea (hardened skin patches), vitiligo (loss of color in skin), urticaria (hives), and pruritus (itchy skin). Light therapy may be performed using lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps, or very bright full-spectrum light. Background Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, involves exposing skin to different wavelengths of light. The graded conditions reflect the level of scientific evidence to support the efficacy of nontargeted light therapy, used as a monotherapy.