Blue light therapy for reducing Bilirubin Levels - Does it help?
I have a customer (whom I'll call Lisa) who is trying to save her son (whom I'll call Bruce), in the hospital. His Bilirubin level is 44, and his doctor said he has never seen anyone survive, when they have a level so high. I would really like to know why bilirubin lights are not used on adults who are in the ICU and have very high bilirubin levels! Am I missing something?? Why would this be used all over a baby's body, but not on adults??
I read that the bilirubin lights that are used on babies in the hospital, have a wavelength of 420 nm to 470 nm. Tonight I have been looking all over for a place where Lisa might be able to get these types of lights. I called Walgreens and the closest thing I can find, is a Neutrogena face mask, that does have some blue lights in it, and it does seem pretty bright, but it's mixed with red lights (which make it look pink). I do not know if that would affect the effectiveness of the light, so I kept looking (but I will put pics of the Neutrogena light, further down in this post). I did find a Walgreens that sells it, and that place is close to the hospital where her son is staying.
This is not the first time I've seen someone with a very high bilirubin level. I want to share this information here, in the event that it might help someone with cirrhosis. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to look up bilirubin light treatment before, but for whatever reason it just occurred to me today, so I'm posting that information here. You can get blue lights for as low as $34.95 on Amazon, and you might be able to get them at an Aquarium store.
If you buy these types of lights, you should use some kind of protective eyewear. I'm not an expert on this stuff, but I can see from the pictures that they cover the baby's whole eye area, so it might be best for you to do the same.
According to the reviews, these red googles appear to be the ones that would block the blue lights. I am NOT AN EXPERT ON THIS STUFF so I can't guarantee how well these work, and I encourage to do your own research, but if I were buying them for myself, to use with a blue light, these are probably the ones I'd get.
I don't know how the red ones work compared with these below, but I'd assume they are better. If you search the reviews for the red googles pictured above, you'll see a LOT of people talk about how they help block BLUE light, and I didn't do the search for the green ones below. This guy had a pretty detailed review so I think I would trust his opinion.
NORLANYA Photon Therapy Facial Salon Skin Care Treatment Machine
I hate to say I was surprised, but this product has an A rating on Fakespot.com! So I do believe this could be a legitimate product...
ABI True 24W Blue LED PAR38 Grow Light for Aquarium and Plant Growth (450-460nm)
Simple Deluxe Clamp Lamp Light with 8.5 Inch Aluminum Reflector 150 Watt with 6 Feet Cord UL Listed
Simple Deluxe 2-Pack Clamp Lamp Light with 8.5 Inch Aluminum Reflector 150 Watt with 6 Feet Cord UL Listed
You will need to attach the lights to something. If you have something in your house that would work, that's great. You can probably come up with something that'd work. But If you want something that would be pretty easy to help you adjust the position, you could order one of these...
AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
Pyle Universal Microphone Stand - M-6 Mic Holder USA Standard Adapter and Height Adjustable from 31.5” to 60” Inch High w/ Pivotable Gooseneck Mount - Heavy Duty Clutch Tension Knob PMKS32
If you want to be able to bend it further, you can add a 19-inch gooseneck attachment.
On Stage Microphone 19-inch Gooseneck, Black
I had pasted this first, until I remembered the clamp on lights, which are cheaper and probably just as effective, but I can't speak from experience. Just for yuks I am leaving this up... maybe if someone was into photography, they could use this for studio purposes, later : D.
This man who is teaching about bilirubin, says in this video, that FUROSEMIDE can actually INCREASE BILIRUBIN LEVELS.
There are many drugs that can interfere with the hepatic uptake.
You can see Dr. Najeeb talk about this, in this video, below (which I've also featured on THIS PAGE), that Furosemide can increase bilirubin levels (note: Furosamide is a "sulfonamide" diuretic - you can see a study below). Please scroll to around the 46:30 mark in the video. He talks about how important "hepatic uptake" is. It displaces unconjugated bilirubin from plasma proteins.
The gist I get is that the unconjugated bilirubin is supposed to turn into the conjugated (water soluble) form so that it can be eliminated from the body, but furosemide can prevent this process from happening.
The displacement of bilirubin from albumin by furosemide.
- [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Effects of phototherapy on hepatic function in human alcoholic cirrhosis.
Conventional Treatment for Jaundice
Fundamentals of phototherapy for neonatal jaundice.
- Adv Neonatal Care. 2007 Apr;7(2):65.
Blue(463 nm)---Excellent effect of kill bacteria, improve sensitive skin The blue light penetrating about 0.5mm has the function of calming against skin ; suitable for the skin which is sensitive, oily . It can adjust skin sebum secretion, effectively get rid of whelk to reach the aim of beautification. Besides, the blue light can astringe and tighten loosened skin.
Angel Kiss LED Photon Therapy Red Blue Green Light Treatment Facial Beauty Skin Care Phototherapy Mask for Home Use
The teacher mentioned something about the enzyme glucuronosyltransferase.... I don't have time to look it up now but am putting it here in case anyone else wants to reasearch it.