phototherapy

noun
pho·​to·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌfō-tō-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce phototherapy (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web About 70% of people with eczema see improvement with phototherapy, according to the National Eczema Association. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 About 70% of people with eczema see improvement with phototherapy, according to the National Eczema Association. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 About 70% of people with eczema see improvement with phototherapy, according to the National Eczema Association. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 About 70% of people with eczema see improvement with phototherapy, according to the National Eczema Association. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 About 70% of people with eczema see improvement with phototherapy, according to the National Eczema Association. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Should Always Do If You Have Eczema," 5 Feb. 2020 There are several different types of phototherapy—including narrowband UVB, broadband UVB, targeted UVB [excimer laser or light], and UVA with psoralens (topical, oral, or bath)—and all of them involve exposing the skin to light. Jenna Birch, SELF, "How to Find the Right Psoriasis Treatment for Your Symptoms," 28 Oct. 2019 And, while some patients respond to steroid creams and ointments, others require oral medications or phototherapy, which uses UVB light to treat involved areas of skin. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "What to Know About Pustular Psoriasis, According to Dermatologists," 29 Aug. 2019 Your dermatologist may offer in-office phototherapy treatments, but at-home treatments are also starting to gain popularity, thanks to celebrity psoriasis sufferers who've used them. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Best Non-Steroid Topical Treatments for Psoriasis, According to Dermatologists," 10 Sep. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Phototherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phototherapy. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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phototherapy

noun
pho·​to·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce phototherapy (audio) \
plural phototherapies

Medical Definition of phototherapy

: the application of light for therapeutic purposes

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