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Photosensitivity (Overview)

Oversensitivity of skin to light. Photosensitivity can be a side effect of medications or result from diseases, such as lupus. Treatment depends on the severity of the reaction and the cause. Photosensitivity can be prevented by avoiding skin exposure to ultraviolet light.


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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Photosensitivity (Overview)

Oversensitivity of skin to light. Photosensitivity can be a side effect of medications or result from diseases, such as lupus. Treatment depends on the severity of the reaction and the cause. Photosensitivity can be prevented by avoiding skin exposure to ultraviolet light.


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How can you tell whether you have photosensitivity or not?

How can you tell whether you have photosensitivity or not?

Sun causes rash: If you go out in the sunlight and develop a rash you have photosensitivity. If you are unsure, uncover a small part of your body - say the lower half of one arm, for 5-30 minutes in the sunlight while keeping the rest of your skin clothed. To be very careful try five minutes first. If no rash appears try 10 minutes the next day gradually increasing to 30 minutes. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: photosensitivity?

What is the definition or description of: photosensitivity?

See below: Oversensitivity of skin to light. Photosensitivity can be a side effect of medications or result from diseases, such as lupus. Treatment depends on the severity of the reaction and the cause. Photosensitivity can be prevented by avoiding skin exposure to ultraviolet light. ...Read more

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Which drugs cause skin photosensitivity in the sun?

Which drugs cause skin photosensitivity in the sun?

Photosensitivity: In phototoxic reactions, the drug is activated by exposure to sunlight and cause damage to the skin. The skin's appearance resembles sunburn, and the process is generally acute. In photoallergic reactions, the ultraviolet exposure changes the structure of the drug so that is seen by the body's immune system.
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/sun-sensitive_drugs_photosensitivity_to_drugs/article. Htm. ...Read more

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What is the difference between porphyria and photosensitivity?

What is the difference between porphyria and photosensitivity?

Porphyria: Porphyria is a genetic metabolic disease of hemoglobin synthesis which can cause photosensitivity, easy sun burning. Not all photosensitivity is from porphyria, drugs commonly lead to it as well. ...Read more

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What causes photosensitivity rash?

What causes photosensitivity rash?

Many causes: Causes for photosensitivity) can be classified into 1) those caused by the presence of an underlying skin condition (eg., lupus); 2) chemicals/drugs topical or ingested which are photosensitizers (eg., tetracyclines, dyes); 3) genetic diseases (eg., xeroderma pigmentosa); 4) metabolic disorders (porphyrias) and 5) idiopathic (unknown). ...Read more

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Does zyprexa (olanzapine) cause any photosensitivity?

Does zyprexa (olanzapine) cause any photosensitivity?

Low incidence: Antipsychotic agents can result I'm photo sensitivity but with low incidence, around 2-3%. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Photosensitivity rash?

What is the definition or description of: Photosensitivity rash?

Ultraviolet light: Photsensitivity (PS) refers to the inflammation that results from the interaction of UVL with the immune response. There are a variety of causes: medications (topical or systemic), immune disorders (e.g. Lupus), and metabolic or syndromic. PS is distinguished from phototoxicity (sunburn). ...Read more

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Could I wear makeup on top of a photosensitivity allergic reaction?

Could I wear makeup on top of a photosensitivity allergic reaction?

Bad idea: Once skin has been damaged by an allergic reaction the top barrier of dead skin, which normally normally acts as a protectant, is gone making the development of new sensitivities more likely to occur. Gentle cleansing is suggested until healing occurs. Cetaphil wash or vancream soap is suggested. ...Read more

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What are the odds of outgrowing juvenile myochlonic epilepsy and light photosensitivity?

What are the odds of outgrowing juvenile myochlonic epilepsy and light photosensitivity?

Juvenile Myoclonic: Epilepsy, with or without photosensitivity, persists into adulthood. Studies suggest 10-25% of affected people are able to wean off AED's in later adulthood. However, seizures can recur if weaned after 5- years or > seizure-free. Avoid fatigue, sleep deprivation & flickering visual stimuli from " screen time", fluorescent lights, disco balls etc. Wear a cap/hat with a large brim outside. ...Read more

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How long do I need to be off demeclocycline so I won't have photosensitivity on an upcoming beach vacation?

How long do I need to be off demeclocycline so I won't have photosensitivity on an upcoming beach vacation?

2-4 weeks: It is best to be off for up to 4 weeks for effect to be mitigated. There will be almost no drug in your system at 2 weeks. Still use a sunblock if you are sensitive to sun. ...Read more

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I ve been recently diagnosed with siadh I m a 42 year old male and really am not happy with taking demeclocycline I work outdoors as a gardener so photosensitivity is big issue also on limited fluids are there any other medicatons that could help?

I ve been recently diagnosed with siadh I m a 42 year old male and really am not happy with taking demeclocycline I work outdoors as a gardener so photosensitivity is big issue also on limited fluids are there any other medicatons that could help?

Few other options..: Vasopressin-related: valprisol and samca.
Diuretics: Lasix (furosemide) and manitol & urea are other options. Demecycline is actually an antibiotic but it works on the kidney and alters its ability to control flow of water/urine--this medicine takes about 1 wk+ to start working. Your concerns are legitimate and so I suggest talking to your doc for alternatives for you--as above. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ciprofloxacina, vit. A, fe, sulfur, vit D3 be prescribed to the skin of the face affected by abnormal photosensitivity?

Can ciprofloxacina, vit. A, fe, sulfur, vit D3 be prescribed to the skin of the face affected by abnormal photosensitivity?

Yes: I am not sure I understand your question. The things you listed can be prescribed to something who has photosensitivity of the facial skin. Whether they will help or not, it's a different question. I doubt they will help the photosensitivity. ...Read more

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I have severe photosensitivity, but I have brown eyes, my eyes are not dry, and I do not have migraines. Do you have any ideas of the cause?

I have severe photosensitivity, but I have brown eyes, my eyes are not dry, and I do not have migraines. Do you have any ideas of the cause?

Various causes: Photosensitive eyes can arise from many things, some more manageable than others. You should make sure your eyes are examined to rule out ocular causes (corneal, dry eye, inflammatory, glaucoma, refractive). Some medications (anticholinergics, antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants) can illicit sensitivity. Concussion, brain inflammation/hemorrhage, neuralgia, migraine are others. Have exam. ...Read more

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I have severe cold intolerance, subnormal temps, lost 50 pounds, have adrenal rushes at the slightest stressor, I have zero appetite, photosensitivity?

I have severe cold intolerance, subnormal temps, lost 50 pounds, have adrenal rushes at the slightest stressor, I have zero appetite, photosensitivity?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor to have blood work to check for a thyroid disorder and then other tests if the thyroid function is normal. ...Read more

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Is St. John's wort safe to take? I read it causes photosensitivity and I already have a lot of black spots and moles on face and body

Save your money: While this may be somewhat effective for mild depression, you already have mood issues treated with prescription. It can aggravate photosensitivity. There is no supervision of this product and MOST of the product has been found to be contaminated. I would not touch it. ...Read more

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How long can the visual disturbances last for (floaters, photosensitivity, blur...) on a person just diagnosed with serotonin imbalance?

How long can the visual disturbances last for (floaters, photosensitivity, blur...) on a person just diagnosed with serotonin imbalance?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Sun Sensitive Skin (Definition)

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