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Is Light Therapy Beneficial for Psoriatic Arthritis?

I've read that light therapy can help with arthritis symptoms. Is light therapy beneficial for people with psoriatic arthritis? If so, is there an FDA-approved treatment my healthcare provider could recommend, or can I just go to a tanning salon?

 
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Light therapy is currently not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. However, limited evidence suggests that joints may respond to light treatment of the skin, since it can have effects on the immune system. Light therapy usually consists of ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), or sunlight treatment (a mixture of UVA and UVB).
 
Light therapy should be done in a physician's office due to the risk of damaging the skin if done incorrectly. The light that is used in a physician's office is also different from tanning bed lights, which are not recommended. It is important to discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider before beginning any type of light therapy.
 
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