Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-16 02:10:01 -0500
Started 2012-10-14 04:10:30 -0500

What are the symptoms of sun sensitivity (photosensitivity)

Individuals with phototoxic reactions may initially complain of a burning and stinging sensation. Then the redness typically occurs within 24 hours of the exposure to sun in the exposed areas of the body such as the forehead, nose, hands, arms, and lips. In severe cases, the sun protected areas of skin may be also be involved.

The range of skin damage may vary from mild redness to swelling to blister formation (bullae) in more severe cases. The rash from this photosensitivity reaction usually resolves with sloughing off (desquamation) of the affected area within several days.

Symptoms of photoallergic reactions

Individuals with photoallergic reactions may initially complain of itching (pruritus). This is then followed by redness and possibly swelling and eruption of the involved area. Because this is considered an allergic reaction, there may be no symptoms for many days when the drug is taken for the first time. Subsequent exposure to the drug and the sun may cause a more rapid response in 1-2 days.

Hyperpigmentation after reaction

Hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the affected area of the skin may develop after the resolution of a phototoxicity reaction, but it is rare in a photoallergic reaction. In phototoxic reactions, high doses of the drug and long exposures to light may be required to cause the reaction.

What are some common sun-sensitizing drugs?

1 reply

annesmith 2012-10-16 02:10:01 -0500 Report

Yeah, like I said the other day, I can strongly relate to this, although I do not go tanning heavily any time of the year. I always go tanning lightly to moderately, but the few times I made the big mistake to stay in the direct strong sunlight for 3 or more hours on a hot day, I paid a price. I somehow lucked out, as my photosynthesis reaction ( from the Seroquel I take) only lasted 12 hours. How it only lasted 12 hours is pretty much beyond me, as I have very light olive skin, I am not dark. I noticed during my reaction how VIVID of color I had..not funny, I know, but, it looked all of a sudden quite dark, but beat red at the same time, and I could feel my skin stinging. I developed a swelling in my whole body and face. ANNE