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    Light therapy for skin disorders?

    Anyone here have or know anyone who has had light therapy for skin disorders such as ezcema? My dermatologist wants me to try it since my eczema is not responding to any medications.

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    How I was able to control my ezcema was to go to an allergy specialist. What they do is tape small disks containing all of the products you use during the week (shampoo, sunblock, moisturiser) to your back for 5 days, and check if you have had a reaction to any of them.

    Ironically, the ointment I was using to control my ezcema was what caused it in the first place. I am allergic to lanolin, and since I stopped using it, haven't had any problems since.

    It might be worth considering.

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    I agree with EOS and try and find the cause of the eczema. Years ago I had severe dermatitis on my feet and received light treatment for them. It did not work. Also the ointment I used didn't help the problem either. However after I stopped wearing a particular pair of shoes, the problem went away. It must have been a chemical in the leather that did it.

    Someone I know had the same problem with skating boots. A chemical in the boots caused her shocking skin problems on her feet. Changed to a synthetic boot and the problem was resolved.
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    My son had levulan blue light treatments for acne. Did nothing more than lighten my wallet. I don't know how similarly or dissimilarly acne and eczema may respond to light therapy, though.

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    I've got some rosacea, and my doc offered to laser treat it....it never bothered me much, I just figured people think I have pink cheeks. I got one treatment that seemed to do nothing. The second, they went up on the frequency or something, and I got a big 2nd degree burn across the right side of my chin. I am doubting I will have any of it done again....I'll live with the pink cheeks!
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    I've got patches, and ointments that have helped in the past are no longer working. I never really expose my legs to the sun though, so I'm trying to do so (I won't even get into the conundrum of "wear sunscreen all over all the time!" vs. "everyone has a Vitamin D deficiency!" vs. "Oxybenzone, Vitamin A and retinol in sunscreen now speed tumor growth!"). I went to my ghetto Kaiser for both dermatology ("Use hydrocortisone everywhere!") and allergies ("Well, you're allergic to 21 out of 21 environmental factors, which means we don't have to test you for food allergies! Take Zyrtec! Bye!"). So far, no results from anything. Bleh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judiz View Post
    Anyone here have or know anyone who has had light therapy for skin disorders such as ezcema? My dermatologist wants me to try it since my eczema is not responding to any medications.
    My husband's BF has chronic terrible eczema, one of the things his Doc suggested was getting a really good filter shower head, a good one not cheap one. He has seen a marked improvement in his eczema, he also has not responded to medications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judiz View Post
    Anyone here have or know anyone who has had light therapy for skin disorders such as ezcema? My dermatologist wants me to try it since my eczema is not responding to any medications.
    Yes. My step relative uses it all the time and he's had good luck with it. He has it on his back, and the sun and heat therapy works for him.

    I have eczema as well and I've always found that being in the sun helps my eczema. I never usually get a breakout in the summer.

    I did read an interesting article a while back that said eczema sufferers quite often suffer from allergies later in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOIJTO View Post
    My husband's BF has chronic terrible eczema, one of the things his Doc suggested was getting a really good filter shower head, a good one not cheap one. He has seen a marked improvement in his eczema, he also has not responded to medications.
    Your husband has a boyfriend? You are very progressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayar View Post
    Your husband has a boyfriend? You are very progressive.
    Best friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayar View Post
    Your husband has a boyfriend? You are very progressive.
    Actually your comment is really funny because most folks that see my husband and his BF (best friend since they were 11) think they are a couple. His friend has never been married he is 54, but...he is dating a 68 yr old, really awesome lady. YUP, he's a cougar chaser!!!

    So in a way we are progressive, who would have thunk it!
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    I had UVA light treatment for psoriasis about six years ago. I've had psoriasis since I was very small but I had just started working as a teacher and my stress level was through the roof so my psoriasis got worse very quickly. I've always used creams and ointments to control it but never found them particularly effective so I was a bit sceptical that anything would really have much of an effect. I was absolutely over the moon with the result. Within about three or four months my psoriasis was clear from nearly my whole body. My face never cleared properly because I've got very fair skin and my skin was beginning to burn from the light treatment so the nurse gave me a visor to wear over my face about a month into the treatment, it did have a noticeable improvement though.

    The doctors told me at the time that I could expect the psoriasis to stay clear for up to about two years. It has worsened again though not to the extent it was when I had the treatment.

    The treatment did take quite a few months and it did involve me driving about a fifty mile round trip to the hospital three times a week (to stand in the light booth for as little as ten seconds!) but it was certainly worth it. I've no idea about costs etc involved since I'm in the UK and the treatment was provided on the NHS.

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    A member of my extended family was able to pinpoint her daughters eczema to fabric softener sheets. The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets. I'm under the impression the light treatment is temporary.

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    I guess I should had added, I see an allergist every week for allergy shots and I am on antihistamines. I've been suffering from various skin rashes since I was 12, am now 47 and would just like to wear shorts in the summer without people staring.

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    Many, many years ago I had the light treatment for psoriasis on my arms. Worked wonders for me! Better than all those creams and cr*p.

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