Vol 6, No 2 (2020)
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The dark side of the Sun — photoallergic and phototoxic reaction in everyday dermatological practice

Dorota Maria Mehrholz1, Adrianna Opalska-Tuszyńska1, Wioletta Małgorzata Barańska-Rybak1
Forum Dermatologicum 2020;6(2):55-58.


Solar radiation plays an important role in many skin disorders pathomechanism. The group of diseases characterized by ultraviolet hypersensitivity is called photodermatoses. Most common acute reactions include photoallergic and phototoxic. Skin eruptions may have a variable clinical picture, however most often they are erythematous-papular or bullous. Skin lesions typically occur in areas exposed to ultraviolet radiation since they only develop if a topical or systemic exogenous chemical substance (medicine, cosmetics, etc) has been used. Five cases of patients with photosensitivity reactions have been presented. 

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