Sunburn and Sun Poisoning (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- Sunburn facts
- What is sunburn?
- Can sunburn cause permanent damage?
- What is UV light and where are UV rays most intense?
- What are the symptoms of sunburn?
- What are the symptoms of severe sunburn (sun poisoning)?
- Sunburn pictures
- What first-aid measures should be taken with sunburn?
- What is the treatment for sunburn?
- Are there any home remedies to treat sunburn?
- Is a follow-up visit with a physician necessary?
- Why does the skin tan after exposure to UV rays?
- Who is most susceptible to sunburn?
- Can diseases cause a heightened sensitivity to UV rays?
- Can medications increase sensitivity to sunburn?
- What kinds of skin cancer can UV rays cause?
- How can sunburn and skin cancer be prevented?
- How do sunscreens work?
- What is SPF?
- What is the best way to apply sunscreen?
- Do sunscreens expire?
- Can antioxidants protect against sunburn?
- Summer Skin Hazards FAQs
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
Can medications increase sensitivity to sunburn?
A large number of medications are known to increase skin sensitivity to sunlight and are called photosensitive drugs or medications. Some of the common ones include:
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Antibiotics: Tetracyclines (tetracycline, doxycycline [Vibramycin]), Quinolone (ciprofloxacin [Cipro], levofloxacin [Levaquin]), Sulfonamides (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim; cotrimoxazole [Bactrim, Septra], sulfamethoxazole [Gantanol]).
- Diuretics (water pills): thiazides (hydrochlorothiazide [Hydrodiuril], furosemide [Lasix])
- Cardiac medications: amiodarone (Cordarone), quinidine
- Diabetes drugs: sulfonylureas such as chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase)
- Psychiatric drugs: chlorpromazine (Thorazine), tricyclic antidepressants such as desipramine (Norpramin) and imipramine (Tofranil)
- Acne medications: isotretinoin (Accutane)
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