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Sun sensitivity (photosensitivity) is an inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of medications or substances and sunlight. The effect on the skin is redness, which looks similar to a sunburn. Generally, these reactions are either phototoxic or photoallergic. Phototoxic drugs are more common than photoallergic drugs. Symptoms of phototoxic reactions are a burning and stinging sensation and then redness. Symptoms of photoallergic reactions are:

Treatment generally is discontinuation of the medication and topical application of creams.

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Terms related to Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs):

  • Photosensitizing Drugs
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