Dr. Shafali Yadav is a Dermatologist with a successful career of more than 17 years. Dr. Shafali Yadav is trained in Dermato Surgery from various centers across India.

Sun allergy is a term often used to describe a number of conditions in which an itchy red rash occurs on skin that has been exposed to sunlight. The most common form of sun allergy is sunburn. Among other dermatosis cased by sun are polymorphic light eruption, frekles, medicine induced photosensitivity etc.

Sun induced dermatoses typically occur on the sun exposed parts of the body. At times, the amount of sun exposure is not very important in causation of sun induced skin problems. The sensitivity towards sun may be increased by intake of certain medicines, most common being painkillers.

Mild cases of sun allergy may clear up without treatment. More-severe cases require treatment. People who have a severe sun allergy may need to take preventive measures and wear sun-protective clothing.

Dr. Shafali Yadav is the best Dermatologist in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India and trained in Sun allergy related issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Polymorphic light eruption?
Polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) is an allergic rash caused due to Sun. It is red, itchy rash, usually on exposed areas of body, i.e. neck, face, forearms.
When to see a doctor?
Consult a Dermatologist if the rash is persistent. If you experience redness, burning, itching of skin on sun exposure.
What are risk factors?
Risk factors for having an allergic reaction to sunlight include: • Race. Anyone can have a sun allergy, but certain sun allergies are more common in people with lighter skin. • Exposure to certain substances. Some skin allergy symptoms are triggered when your skin is exposed to a substance and then to sunlight. Common substances responsible for this type of reaction include fragrances, disinfectants and topical retinoids • Taking certain medications. A number of medications can make the skin sunburn more quickly — including tetracycline antibiotics, sulfa-based drugs and pain relievers • Having blood relatives with a sun allergy. You're more likely to have a sun allergy if you have a sibling or parent with a sun allergy.
What are the causes?
Certain medications (most commonly pain killers), chemicals, plant products, nutritional deficiencies and medical conditions can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, resulting in sun induced dermatitis.
What are prevention?
If you have a sun allergy or an increased sensitivity to the sun, you can help prevent a reaction by taking these steps:
• Avoid the sun during peak hours. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Avoid sudden exposure to lots of sunlight. Many people have sun allergy symptoms when they are exposed to more sunlight in the spring or summer. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend outdoors so that your skin cells have time to adapt to sunlight. • Wear sunglasses and protective clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats can help protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid fabrics that are thin or have a loose weave — UV rays can pass through them. • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring. • Avoid known triggers.


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