Is Omnilux Light Therapy Safe?

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The Omnilux light therapy devices (hand held lamp or those used at clinics) have been approved as safe for use by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration (U.S)) during 2008 and 2009. Omnilux LED emitting devices are safe when used when wearing goggles to protect eyes from the bright light. Omnilux has not been tested on pregnant women so if you are pregnant ask your doctor’s advice before using light therapy.

Which Diseases May Increase Sensitivity to Light?

You should also seek your doctor’s advice before using light therapy if you suffer from any of the following diseases;

  • lupus erythematosus,
  • erythema multiforme,
  • atopic eczema,
  • psoriasis,
  • viral exanthemata,
  • pemphigus,
  • dermatitis herpetiformis,
  • rosacea
  • multiple sclerosis

These diseases can be associated with a tendency for increased photosensitivity, which is increased sensitivity to bright light on your skin or your eyes. If sensitivity to light is increased you may experience side effects such as a skin rash.

Will Omnilux Light Therapy Interact With My Medication?

If you do have an existing medical condition for which you take medication, some medications may increase your skin or eyes sensitivity to light and may cause unwanted reactions such as rashes or blistering of your skin. You should check with your doctor before using light therapy if you take any medication. These are some common medications known to cause an increase in sensitivity to light (cause photosensitivity);

  • ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, tetracycline, doxycycline, dapsone, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim these are antibiotics used to treat infections
  • chlorhexidine and hexachlorophene antibacterial hygienic products,
  • diphenhydramine (Benadryl) an antihistamine
  • quinine, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine used to treat/prevent malaria
  • 5-fluorouracil, vinblastine and dacarbazine used during chemotherapy
  • amiodarone, nifedipine, quinidine and diltiazem used to treat cardiac disorders
  • hydrochlorothiazide and furosemide used to treat high blood pressure
  • chlorpropamide and glyburide used to treat diabetes
  • celecoxib, naproxen and  piroxicam used to treat pain, arthritis, and inflammation
  •  ALA or 5-aminolevulinic acid and Methyl-5-aminolevulinic acid) these are used as medications applied to the skin during photodynamic therapy
  • acitretin and isotretinoin used to treat acne
  • desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil) and chlorpromazine (Thorazine) used to treat neurological/mood disorders

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