July 5, 2015
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Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) (cont.)

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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.

Photoallergic and phototoxic reaction pictures

Picture of a photoallergic 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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/2/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/sun-sensitive_drugs_photosensitivity_to_drugs/article.htm

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