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Treatment Options for Eczema

Light Therapy

If symptoms of eczema do not improve with topical applications of steroid creams or if flares occur frequently after treatment, your doctor may recommend light therapy or phototherapy. In this procedure, the skin is directly exposed to natural sunlight in a controlled amount. Depending on the needs, a therapist may use narrow-band ultraviolet B or artificial ultraviolet A, with or without medications. Although light therapy is effective in treating eczema, it may cause some side effects in the long term, such as a higher risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. Therefore, this treatment option is not recommended for infants and young children. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and disadvantages before making the final decision. [3]