Phototherapy for eczema is an alternative treatment that you may feel tempted to pursue. You may already find yourself desperately looking for a solution as it is hard to control your severe itching. However, be aware that while there are benefits to phototherapy for eczema cases, there are also some risks.

It is important to first gain an understanding of what this form of treatment is all about. There are several different types of phototherapy available. This alternative treatment is based on sunlight therapy, which has been used for centuries to treat numerous types of skin diseases. Through this therapy, a narrow band of UV light is used to replicate the good properties that are found within natural sunlight. It is applied in small dosages, which is also better for you.

Benefits of phototherapy for eczema can vary from person to person. In a German study, phototherapy has been found to be effective in 80% of those suffering from atopic dermatitis. It is also excellent in preventing bacterial infections, a common occurrence of those with atopic dermatitis. Phototherapy can significantly reduce your reliance on topical corticosteroids.

Phototherapy for eczema oftentimes is prescribed by a dermatologist after a close examination of your skin. You will need to closely follow your doctor’s recommendation. You should never start a phototherapy treatment on your own though. This is because this treatment is not right for every skin condition. Furthermore, your dermatologist will carefully monitor the amount of UV light that is used to ensure that it meets your needs and does not complicate your skin condition even further. Factors such as skin type, age, skin condition and medical history need to be considered. This is why you should never try to treat yourself.

A phototherapy treatment is available in many dermatologists' offices. You would simply enter into a big "box-like" structure that is filled with fluorescent light tubes. While in this big box, you will be required to wear protective goggles. The treatment will only last between a few seconds and a few minutes. Even though this time may seem very short to you, the healing process will be noticeable in just a few days.

Of course, you may find it a hassle to visit your dermatologist's office all of the time. Or due to economic reasons, you may think it makes more sense for you to purchase a phototherapy unit for use at home. These units are no bigger than a shower stall and can be covered by your health insurance. They are quite similar to tanning booths, only these units give off special UV rays that are far different from tanning booths.

Don’t rush out to buy a phototherapy unit just yet. There are certain risks to using this form of alternative treatment. While phototherapy can improve your skin condition and even completely clear atopic dermatitis in some cases, the UV light can cause skin cancer or prematurely age your skin. Hence, phototherapy for eczema is an option that is not every one. Also, do realize that there is also a risk that that this treatment can worsen eczema if not used appropriately.

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Evelyn Lim publishes a newsletter on Eczema Natural Treatment. Thousands have read her articles and her story from ailing to healing skin. Gain access to free tips, her story and reviews on natural skin care products here at