Started Light Therapy Today!
Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:36 PM
I was only in there for 2 seconds , but the duration will double each time. Hopefully this works! Just thought I would let you all know how it went!
Posted 22 January 2008 - 02:12 PM
Glad it went well for you, that's always a nice change when you're unsure, isn't it.
I'm curious, what is the maximum time they will do this for as you keep doubling your times?
Posted 22 January 2008 - 02:55 PM
Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:12 PM
I am so happy it went well, there's no reason why it wouldn't have, but I hate not knowing what to expect! It stresses me out!
As for the maximum time they will do it for, I really don't know, but I do know how they determine it. Apparently the procedure will make you "red" and it lasts about 8 hours. They will know I am at my "limit" when this redness lasts much longer than the 8 hours, and then we won't increase the time anymore. I am extremely fair skinned with red undertones (think rosy cheeks ), so I don't think it will take very long to get to this point.
As for the procedure, it is quite simple. Mine takes place in the Physiotherapy department in the hospital and it is administered by a Physiotherapist. Mine will be 3 times a week for 12-ish weeks. Not sure if my dermatologist will want to continue it after I see him in April or not. Anyways, the physiotherapist sets the time and settings. I just had to undress the affected areas and go into this booth. I had to wear UV glasses and close my eyes as well. When I closed the door, it starts, and then it just stops when the time is up. Pretty simple and quick. I only noticed a bit of redness this time, and I am sure it will show up more as the time increases. I go back tomorrow and Friday. If you have anymore questions, just let me know!
Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:43 AM
What is the light therapy for? Is this the same as the PUVA therapy? I've just been referred to a dermatologist to start the PUVA treatment on my hands. I have super tight and thick skin on both my hands. It's so bad now that when I try to make a fist, I hand can only curl into the letter "c" shape.
Thanks for the info!
Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:27 PM
He uses it for only up to two minutes tops. By evening on those days he's red and by the next morning he's back to normal. It's not really helping his skin, but then again he doesn't do it the way he should. What are you using it for and what is the protocol? Sounds interesting. I wonder if it would work for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Let me know...
Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:27 PM
I am pretty sure UVB and PUVA are used similarly. I guess it just depends on what is available in your area.
The machine I use at the hospital is a booth. I have a good few spots and the booth treats them all at once.
I am doing they 3x weekly for 3 months. I really hope this helps my morphea.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:32 AM