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How is phototherapy used to treat dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Phototherapy is used to treat some forms of dermatitis by exposing the skin to ultraviolet light. It is thought that UV light helps prevent bacterial infections, which are common in some types of dermatitis. This treatment is not recommended for children due to the risk of long-term side effects, including skin cancer and cataracts.

Talk with your doctor about whether phototherapy will help treat your dermatitis.

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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