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How is phototherapy used to treat dermatitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Occasionally, phototherapy is used to help adults with atopic dermatitis. Phototherapy involves exposing the affected skin to light - sometimes natural and sometimes artificial light. It is very rare for phototherapy to be prescribed for children because its side effects can include cataracts and skin cancer.

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