What are the side effects of Phototherapy?

Phototherapy or Light Therapy is normally considered as the second approach in the 1-2-3 procedural approach commonly undertaken by doctors to treat psoriatic patients. There are other implications of light therapies such as treating acne vulgaris etc.

The side effects due to phototherapy are quite rare but are possible. The commonly associated side effects include:

  • Irritation
  • Feeling Nausea
  • Straining in the Eye
  • Problems with Sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Occasional Headaches
  • …etc.

Even if the side effects occur – they are usually mild in nature and goes away by itself within a few hours after the phototherapy session ends. The effects can also be reduced or eradicated completely by changing the time of the sessions or simply by adjusting the space between the patients and the light boxes or reducing the overall span of the treatment procedure.
Some unfiltered Ultraviolet rays from light boxes that are used to treat psoriatic symptoms are normally dangerous for the eyes of the patients and it is generally recommended that patients don’t independently use light therapy without the prior concern of a doctor. Patients who have sensitive skin, patients taking medication which reacts with sunlight OR having conditions that react with light are generally advised not to undertake such a procedure.

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