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  • Redness

  • The area is hot to touch

  • The skin is itchy and has scratches

  • Skin has heat

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • The back has heat

  • Lower leg feels hot

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is photosensitivity?

A condition in which the skin is extremely sensitive to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. It can be caused by medications and autoimmune disease (body's immune system attacking its own cells).

Symptoms of photosensitivity

  • Redness in sun-exposed areas of skin

  • Redness where the medicated patch was applied

  • Affected area is warm to touch

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

  • Skin Itching

  • Blisters

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for photosensitivity

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose photosensitivity

  • Do you have redness on sun-exposed skin?

  • Is the skin red where the patch was applied?

  • Is the affected area hot to touch?

  • Are there any skin problems on your stomach, chest, or back?

  • Is your skin itchy?

Treatment for photosensitivity

Treatment depends on the cause. Creams and pain relievers can help alleviate symptoms. Meanwhile, avoiding sunlight and using sunscreen will prevent symptoms from worsening.

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References

  • Hofmann GA, Weber B. Drug-induced photosensitivity: culprit drugs, potential mechanisms and clinical consequences. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2021 Jan;19(1):19-29. doi: 10.1111/ddg.14314. PMID: 33491908; PMCID: PMC7898394.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ddg.14314

  • Momin N, Phan P, Ali AA, I Ali H, Seeger CM, Joseph M. Benzodiazepine-induced photosensitivity reactions: A compilation of cases from literature review with Naranjo causality assessment. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2021 Nov;37(6):505-510. doi: 10.1111/phpp.12691. Epub 2021 May 26. PMID: 33966295.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/phpp.12691

  • Lugović-Mihić L, Duvančić T, Ferček I, Vuković P, Japundžić I, Ćesić D. Drug-Induced Photosensitivity - a Continuing Diagnostic Challenge. Acta Clin Croat. 2017 Jun;56(2):277-283. doi: 10.20471/acc.2017.56.02.11. PMID: 29485795.

    https://hrcak.srce.hr/clanak/274971

  • Ibbotson S . Drug and chemical induced photosensitivity from a clinical perspective. Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2018 Dec 5;17(12):1885-1903. doi: 10.1039/c8pp00011e. PMID: 30283959.

    https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/PP/C8PP00011E

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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