Eczema is a skin disorder that results in discoloration and inflammation of the skin. Symptoms include redness, dryness, swelling, flaking and scaly bumps on the skin. The exact cause of eczema is still unknown. Research shows that one of three things may cause flare-ups:
Treatments for eczema vary, but luckily most are widely available and fairly effective in most cases.
Eczema sufferers may find relief with the use of phototherapy, also known as light box therapy. Lightbox therapy increases the production of vitamin D in the body. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Patients may benefit from lightbox therapy regardless of the size of the affected area. 60% to 70% of eczema patients have experienced relief with light therapy. Although successful, this treatment can be costly. Sunburn may be a side effect for some patients.
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