Hello everyone, It has been many months since my last post last year. I am feeling really great about my skin right now! I don’t itch that much anymore, just a few tingles here and there on my neck, but now it’s much better compared my condition months ago.
Before my photo-therapy treatment I managed my eczema with a moisturizer cream from a no-name brand from a local super market store. Surprisingly it worked better than the Aveeno cream! Everyday I had to shower, if I missed one day then I’ll be scratching everywhere and start to flaring up, and that’s why I never missed a day! Sometimes I wanted to shower twice in a day but I tried to avoid that routine because I didn’t want to dry my skin too much from too many showers. So after showering and slapping cream all over my body twice with a second coding I would feel itch free for a few hours, then the itch slowly starts coming on again.
Photo-therapy is the golden treatment for my eczema. It works like wonders! For almost 30 years of struggling with my eczema I finally found a way to treat it, aside from the steroid cream the doctor usually always prescribes to me, and even that cream didn’t work too well. Photo-therapy is where you use light to treat your skin. I think the one I’m currently using is called Narrowband Ultraviolet UVB treatment. It’s used to treat mainly psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other skin conditions. According to the success rate if I remember correctly from my dermatologist, it’s about 60-80% so this treatment does not work for everyone. How this treatment works is that you go into a little machine with most of your clothes off and with goggles on, like a tanning booth except the booth is stood up so you have to stand and not touch any bulbs, I’ll have to take a pic the next time I go there. But yes, kind of like a tanning booth and you’re surrounded by UVB light bulbs that shoots in wavelengths of radiation light. So this treatment has a big downside weight on it as well, the more you are exposed to this light, the increased risk of skin cancer and rapid skin ageing.
I had to start with a low dose at 260 joules of power and slowly increased it each time I used the booth, and I was told to use it 2-3 times a week. 260 joules puts me at 1:44 minutes in the machine with my skin exposed to the radiation light and this was near the end of 2012. After using it for a couple months, I didn’t see any improvements yet and doubted the treatment. However, after continuing the treatment on to my third and fourth months I was surprised to see slow improvements! After 8 months my eczema was gone! I was at 1201 joules and spent 7 minutes in the booth for my last treatment. At this point I was supposed to go into maintenance mode, which means I would have to keep continuing the treatment in order to stop my eczema. I would have to use the booth maybe once or twice every couple weeks depending on my skin sensitivity-This I didn’t know before. This was in September and I stopped the treatment for the next 7 months. Those 7 months were the best days of my life. My eczema was gone! I felt great! I didn’t even have to moisturize my skin much. I felt like superman! But then on May, 2014 the culprit started to show up again…
Yes, my eczema started rapidly taking my life again and this time I have documented my experience with pictures using the photo-therapy treatment again. I have taken a picture of my fingers with eczema on it everyday for the past 3 months and I’ll start posting 2 pictures every week. I’ll post 2 weeks progression updates every week starting from week 0 and week 1, then next week 2 and 3, after that 4 then 5, you get the jist of it! And I’ll make the posts on every Fridays.
(Photos taken on May 13, 2014)
For the above pictures I took it the day after I used the Photo-therapy booth. May 12, 2014 is when I started my treatment again and my dose energy was set at 260 joules and I’ll be in the machine for 1:48 seconds.
(Photos taken on May 19,2014)
The two pictures above for week 1 I have went up 2 doses at 5% each.
May 14 @ 273 joules and 1:54 minutes
May 15 @ 287 joules and 2:00 minutes
I am not trying to advertise or endorse this photo-therapy treatment in anyway. This Photo-therapy booth really works for me, but it might not work for others. Everyone’s different and I hope you find the right treatment for your eczema.
See you next week for week 2 & 3 updates!
Disclaimer: I am just sharing my experience using the Narrowband UVB Treatment as it works for treating my eczema. Please note that results can differ between individuals and does not work for everyone. There are many types of eczema treatments out there that successfully gets rid of eczema and we just have to find the right one that works.