Photodermatitis is a skin disorder where the skin abnormally responds to the sunlight, especially the Ultraviolet (UV) rays, which lead to rash on skin. The skin rash could lead to itching, burning and swelling. This can lead to darkening of the skin subsequently. Although the symptoms can vary from person to person the usual symptom with photodermatitis is a red rash that is itchy. This type of rash may resemble small blisters that are fluid-filled. The surrounding area along with the blisters may peel. Some of the other symptoms can include:
• The blotches of skin with the rash may itch for an extended period of time
• Development of dark skin patches on your skin called hyperpigmentation
• Dry, scaly skin patches
• Burning sensation on your skin
• Lesions that looks similar to Eczema.
HOW IS PHOTODERMATITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a dermatologist who would do a skin test and check your for signs of allergic reactions to.
HOW IS PHOTODERMATITIS TREATED?
Limit exposure to sun, especially in the mid day helps in worsening of the condition. Application of cool and wet dressings helps control weepy eruptions. Phototherapy may be used for desensitizing the skin. Immunosuppressants may be prescribed in some severe cases
DID YOU KNOW?
Photo dermatitis can also be caused by plants like the Dictamnus (commonly known as the ""Burning Bush"").