Light therapy is a medical treatment that is used to treat various skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis. Light therapy also is used to help treat mood disorders, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Various types of light therapy are used to treat numerous skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne, and eczema. The amount of light that is distributed depends on the severity of the condition and the health of the patient.
Phototherapy uses UV lights to slow the rapid process of skin cell growth and is helpful in treating certain skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Another form of light therapy is the use of photodynamic therapy, which involves the application of a photosensitizing drug that is activated by light exposure and a light source. This type of therapy process is used to treat minor forms of skin cancer and acne.
Conditions Treated With Light Therapy
The type of light therapy and the amount of exposure time depends on your condition. There are many conditions that are treated with the use of light therapy, including:
Light therapy is also used to treat certain mood and sleep disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder, non-seasonal depression, and various forms of circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
Sides Effects of Light Therapy
Certain side effects may occur with the use of light therapy and may include:
- Irritability or agitation
Most side effects are generally mild and last for a short amount of time. If side effects persist, your doctor may reduce the exposure time for future sessions.
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