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Photodermatitis

What is Photodermatitis?

Photodermatitis is an allergic response to sunlight. Exposing to the sunlight causes burns, red and itchy skin, rashes and peeling of the skin. This is mainly because sunlight contains Ultraviolet (UV) rays that might be allergic to specific individuals. This outburst can be acute or chronic. But individuals with this allergy should take necessary precautions while travelling or walking in the sun.

Symptoms of Photodermatitis:

Apart from the skin blisters and redness, some individuals may also show symptoms of fever, nausea and vomiting. If this situation persists for long, you might end having a thick and scarred skin and even develop discoloured lips. To avoid this, you should strictly follow the suggested photodermatitis treatments.

Who should consult a dermatologist?

  • Generally, individuals with genetic defects have high chances of showing photodermatitis. However, in some cases, people with eczema or other factors like vitamin deficiency leads to the sensitivity towards sunlight.
  • Sometimes, certain chemicals, detergents and medicines may lead allergies to sunlight. Certain people suffer from photodermatitis because they are allergic to fragrances, perfumes and creams. Anyone with these problems is more prone to sunlight sensitivity.

Steps to follow for treatment:

  • The first step is to limit your exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Apart from triggering an allergic reaction, these rays can also lead to premature ageing and the development of sunspots and wrinkles.
  • It is also seen that Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) can cause UV sensitivity. Thus, using PABA-free creams and materials can be an alternative to other typical sunscreens. Moreover, to prevent the onset of allergic reactions, you can cover yourself with scarfs and full sleeve shirts.
  • Ensure that you are always in touch with your doctor as expert advice is required for any change in sunscreens or diet. Also, it is essential to continue medication until the stipulated time and periodic consultation with your doctor is extremely important.
  • In case you are diagnosed for detergents and chemical sensitivity, wear gloves while using these materials. Although it might seem easy to avoid sunlight, it is challenging to follow the recommended photodermatitis treatment.

Why see a dermatologist?

To check if you have a sun allergy, there is UV testing that checks different wavelengths on your skin to evaluate allergic responses to these radiations. However, blood tests and other skin tests are recorded to diagnose and confirm the sensitivity towards sunlight. It is strictly advisable to follow the suggested treatments diligently for a quicker cure. It is recommended to consult with the best Dermatologists on mfine for top-class treatments and advice.

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