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Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) (cont.)

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Pictures of food and plant sun-sensitivity (photosensitivity) reactions

Picture of phytophotodermatitis hyperpigmentation
Picture of phytophotodermatitis hyperpigmentation
Picture of photodermatitis
Picture of photodermatitis
Picture of photodermatitis with blisters
Picture of photodermatitis with blisters

Are there any medical applications of sun sensitivity (photosensitivity)?

Photodynamic therapy utilizes the concept of sun or light sensitivity to treat some skin conditions including skin pre-cancers (actinic keratosis), skin cancers, and acne. Briefly, this treatment takes advantage of activating a photosensitizing drug (such as 5-aminolevulinic acid) by shining light directly onto it for a short time. The drug is first applied to the area of the skin where the cancer or pre-cancer is found. With light-induced activation of the drug, the abnormal cells (cancer or pre-cancer) are destroyed preferentially.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES:

Arndt, K. et al. Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: An integrated program in dermatology. N Engl J Med 1996; 335:826 September 12, 1996

MedscapeReference.com. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.

New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350:1111-1117. Photosensitivity by Morrison, MD.

Previous contributing author: Siamak T. Nabili, MD, MPH


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/10/2016

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

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