What Is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy is a medical treatment in which natural or artificial light is used to improve a patient’s health. Treatment options include fluorescent light bulbs, halogen lights, sunlight, and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Phototherapy is also known as light therapy and heliotherapy. Depending on whether you need phototherapy for eczema, psoriasis, or another health condition, the type of therapy you require and how the light is used will differ.
Phototherapy has been used to treat medical conditions for over 3,500 years. People in ancient India and Egypt used sunlight to treat skin conditions such as vitiligo.
Photo therapy Uses for Newborns
For more than 60 years, light therapy has been used to treat hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice. These conditions cause a baby’s skin, eyes, and body tissues to turn yellow. The yellow color is caused by an excess of bilirubin, a pigment formed when red blood cells degrade.
Light reduces the baby’s bilirubin levels. It breaks down the bilirubin so that the baby’s body can properly eliminate it.
Light therapy is used to treat jaundice in two ways. The baby is usually placed under halogen or fluorescent lights. The baby’s eyes are covered during the phototherapy treatment to protect the retinas.
Another method is to use “biliblankets.” The blankets contain fiber-optic cables that emit blue light onto the baby’s body. This method is most commonly used when babies are born prematurely or when other treatments have been exhausted.
Compact fluorescent lights and blue LED devices are also used to provide phototherapy to babies. Because they do not generate a lot of heat, they can be kept close to the body.
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