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UV phototherapy for dermatitis linkadge

Posted by ed_uk2010 on July 10, 2020, at 15:16:25

In reply to Re: Updated photos Phillipa, posted by linkadge on July 7, 2020, at 18:35:10

Hey Link,

The improvement is huge. Amazing to see.

Did the improve start only after seeing the dermatologist who said it was a form of eczema/dematitis?

I wondered how much the condition was exacerbated by the anxiety of feeling you had an untreated spreading infection? Just a thought.

I think you may have some post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in parts, but it should fade over time.

RE the tan, some types of eczema respond well to UV radiation, which suppresses the local immune response in the inflammed skin. Have you been exposing it to the sun a lot more because you do also look much more tanned than before? Some eczema patients are treating in UV booths at the hospital. It's also used in psoriasis. Far less than it used to be before there was more choice of medication, but some ppl respond best to UV.

The best type of phototherapy for eczema/dermatitis is typically narrow band UV-B treatment. Sunbeds are mainly UVA, which is generally less useful in eczema. PUVA therapy - oral psoralen with UV-A, is more used in psoriasis.

Around 70% of eczema patients are responsive to the narrow band UV-B machine.... but the sun also makes a difference.




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