Does UV Light Help Eczema?

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Eczema is an irritating skin condition which causes dry, itchy patches of skin as the most common symptom in all types of eczema. Some people have moderate to severe cases with swelling and rough scaly patches of skin which can be made worse by scratching. Topical treatments provide relief to some people suffering with eczema although it may not fully ward off all of the irritating symptoms.

UV light is proven to be an effective treatment that helps many people suffering with eczema. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, should be administered by a physician with the proper type of phototherapy lamp.  The narrow band UVB wavelengths is the most common type of UV light used to treat eczema, which replicates UVB rays in natural sunlight.

People that notice relief from eczema in the summertime are more likely to notice benefit from phototherapy. UVA light is also used with a medication called psoralen in a treatment called PUVA, which was also be administered under a doctor’s care. Phototherapy has been proven to provide relief of many symptoms for eczema such as:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing itchy skin
  • Improving bacteria fighting systems
  • Increasing vitamin D

Phototherapy is proven to help about 70% of the people suffering with eczema and is used on localized locations such as the feet and hands or all over the body.  It is important to be consistent with UV light treatment, as most people do not realize an improvement for one to two months. Many people find however that the benefits of phototherapy put their eczema in a quiet state of remittance which lasts long after UV phototherapy ends.

UV Phototherapy Lamps for Eczema

The LightSources Group is a leading manufacturer of UV lamps and lighting solutions including phototherapy lamps designed to treat many medical conditions.  Our engineers possess in-depth knowledge of UV radiation and technology, developing highly effective phototherapy and UVC germicidal lamps. We support OEMs large and small with phototherapy lamps to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, and mood disorders such as depression and seasonal affective depression (SAD).

LightSources offers a wide selection of UV germicidal lamps proven worldwide and air and water sterilization applications. We offer patented products developed from the most high-tech lamp designers available, proven to outperform comparable lamps. Contact us to learn more about our UV lamp and lighting solutions including phototherapy lamps.

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