Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) (cont.)

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Photoallergic and phototoxic reaction pictures

Picture of a photoallergic drug reaction

Picture of a photoallergic reaction

Picture of photoallergic and phototoxic dermatides

Picture of photoallergic and phototoxic dermatides

Picture of a phototoxic drug reaction

Picture of a phototoxic drug reaction

Picture of a phototoxic drug induced photosensitivity

Picture of a phototoxic drug induced photosensitivity

What is ultraviolet light?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is radiation energy in the form of invisible light waves. UV light is emitted by the sun and by tanning lamps.

The sun discharges three types of ultraviolet radiation:

  1. ultraviolet A (UVA)
  2. ultraviolet B (UVB)
  3. ultraviolet C (UVC)

Only UVA and UVB rays reach earth. (UVC does not penetrate the earth's upper atmosphere.)

Tanning lamps also produce UVA and/or UVB. These artificial rays affect the skin in the same way as do UVA and UVB from the sun.


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Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Medication Types Question: If you had a sun-sensitive reaction to a drug, what was the medication? What were your symptoms?
Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Symptoms Question: Describe your reaction or symptoms to a sun-sensitive medication. When did symptoms appear?
Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Treatment Question: What types of treatment, including other medications, did you receive after experiencing a sun-sensitive drug reaction?
Sun-Sensitive Drugs - Foods and Plants Question: Do certain vegetables, fruits, or plants cause you to have a photosensitivity reaction? Discuss your experience.

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