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All you need to know about photosensitivity

About

Extreme sensitivity to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV Rays) and also other sources of light.

Usually the allergic reaction starts to show within 24 hours of sun exposure when blisters from the rash peel off [1]

- Some medical conditions also cause photosensitivity
- Requires medical diagnosis
- Covering skin when out in the sun can prevent photosensitivity
- Some drugs causing photosensitivity must be avoided

Photosensitivity, as the name suggests, is a condition of extreme sensitivity on the skin when it is exposed to the sun for long hours. It varies from person to person; some people get affected too soon, while others, not so soon. It causes burns and irritation (not always) on the skin and sometimes even blisters and rashes.

Ages affected: Any age and are common in both men and women.

Symptoms

Self-diagnosable:
Symptoms include itching (sometimes) and burns or rashes on the skin when exposed to sunlight.

People may experience:
- Blisters on the skin
- Red rashes which may or might not cause itching
- Suppurating of the skin might be encountered in extreme cases

Treatment

Self-care: Try covering up your skin and apply sunscreen lotion when you go out in the sun.

Medications: Lotions prescribed by dermatologists is strongly recommended.

Specialists: Opt for dermal treatment which includes sunscreen lotion suggested by specialists. We, at mfine, guide you on your health-related queries and provide online consulting services.

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