It’s that time of year when the air gets dry from the heat running constantly and people with skin conditions like eczema often experience an increase in symptoms. There are more than 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of eczema, experiencing dry, itchy or scaly patches of skin. Various types of eczema include contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic eczema.
The many bothersome symptoms of eczema may include:
- Extremely itchy skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Sensitive and dry skin
- Scaly, rough patches
- Oozing or crusting
- Swelling in areas
- Dark colored patches of skin
Itchy skin is the most common problem people with eczema experience and is found in all types of eczema. Some people may even keep scratching their skin until it bleeds which can cause even more severe problems with potential infections. Eczema may appear anywhere on the body, although is commonly found on the chin and cheeks of children and babies.
Some children with eczema may outgrow it as they grow older and some adults may develop eczema later in life. There is no real known cause for this skin condition, although there are some proven remedies to alleviate and even eliminate symptoms.
Phototherapy Provides Proven Effective Eczema Treatment
According to the National Eczema Association, phototherapy delivers proven treatments with significant relief to many people suffering with eczema. Phototherapy refers to treatment with specialized UV light, designed to emit the right wavelengths to target eczema symptoms and causes. Phototherapy is used to treat many different types of eczema and is proven to provide significant relief from bothersome and painful symptoms.
Narrowband UVB light is the most common type of light therapy used to treat eczema which replicates the most effective healing wavelengths from the sun. UVA light is also used with a medication called Psoralen in a treatment referred to as PUVA and is proven to be effective at treating eczema. Light therapy should be prescribed by a physician and the right types of phototherapy lamps must be used to achieve desired results. The wrong type of lamp, in fact, could make symptoms worse.
Light therapy is proven to alleviate symptoms of inflamed skin and itchiness while improving bacteria fighting symptoms and increasing vitamin D. Phototherapy is proven to help at least 70% of people and can sometimes put eczema into a state of remittance long after therapy ends.
Be sure to consult with a phototherapy lamp expert and a reputable lamp manufacturer. LightSources is a leading supplier of UV lamps and lighting solutions, including phototherapy lamps designed to treat various medical conditions.
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