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Sensitivity to Sunlight: Here is What You Need to Know


PMLE is polymorphous light eruption caused by sun exposure to people who develop sensitivity to light.

PMLE affects 15% of healthy people in the UK. [1]

1. Requires diagnosis using skin biopsy, blood tests, and photo testing.
2. Most often occurs during spring and early summer.
3. Can happen to both, men and women.
4. Short-term: resolves within ten days

PMLE shows on parts of the body exposed to UV light, including the arms, hands, chest, legs, and feet. It is a benign condition that resolves without scarring. People with persistent or severe rashes may require medications.


It usually appears 30 minutes to several hours after exposure to sunlight. The symptoms may include:

1. Dense clusters of small bumps and blisters
2. Red, raised rough patches
3. Itching or burning
4. Fever, headaches, chills or nausea


Self-care: Applying cold, damp towel to the affected skin area or leaving the blisters intact for speedy healing are good self-care practices.

Medications: Your doctor may prescribe anti-itch cream, oral antihistamines or over the counter pain relievers.

Specialists: Consult a doctor if the symptoms are evident and the condition worsens. At mfine, we provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans for all health concerns under a team of qualified doctors.

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