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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Photosensitivity Rash (Overview)

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).


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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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
51 Doctors shared insights

Photosensitivity Rash (Overview)

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).


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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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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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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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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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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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I have ANA 1:640, flares joint swelling w/redness, photosensitivity, rashes, sharp chest pain, raynauds, chronic dry mouth, eyes. Sed and CRP always neg. Why?

I have ANA 1:640, flares joint swelling w/redness, photosensitivity, rashes, sharp chest pain, raynauds, chronic dry mouth, eyes. Sed and CRP always neg. Why?

Lupus: Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders, " like the flu). ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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My ANA is 1:320 all other labs r normal. Rheumatoglist says Stills. Is this possible with the + ANA? I have rashes, photosensitivity, fatigue

My ANA is 1:320 all other labs r normal. Rheumatoglist says Stills. Is this possible with the + ANA? I have rashes, photosensitivity, fatigue

See below: Do you have joint pains? If not there may be reason to reconsider the diagnosis. It may be useful to get a second opinion. See this site for info on Still's disease.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/adult-stills-disease/basics/definition/CON-20026609 ...Read more

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Can someone have lupus even if the only symptom is bilateraljoint pain in hands, shoulder, knees, wrist? (-)rashes, photosensitivity, weakness, fatigue, fever

Can someone have lupus even if the only symptom is bilateraljoint pain in hands, shoulder, knees, wrist? (-)rashes, photosensitivity, weakness, fatigue, fever

Of Course; ; Hope No: Lupus erythematosus is a notoriously variable disease process, from person to person ; time to time. Since which portions of their body the person's immune system is currently targeting, ; to what degree, varies widely, the consequences also vary widely. Even with high quality lab, diagnosis is problematic ; while treatment outcome, by only medications, can help, outcomes are rarely very good. ...Read more

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If I have malar rashes, itp, osteoarthritis, positive ana, photosensitivity it's more than fibro right?

If I have malar rashes, itp, osteoarthritis, positive ana, photosensitivity it's more than fibro right?

Autoimmune issues?: If you have not seen a rheumatologist, it may be helpful sorting out what is going on. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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I eat fennel seed. After 1 mnth have eye rash outer part of both eyes. Possible photosensitivity? Very itchy, painful. Spf 60, no help. What to take?

I eat fennel seed. After 1 mnth have eye rash outer part of both eyes. Possible photosensitivity? Very itchy, painful. Spf 60, no help. What to take?

Prob allergy: You probably have developed an allergy. It could be eye makeup, eye lash color, face makeup or even foods etc. Many possibilities. First try it with no make up or if you must have make up use a hypo allergenic brand. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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If you had a Positive Anti nuclear Antibody Test, Discoid Rash in Ears, Photosensitivity, more likely to be DLE than SLE? Feel I'm in Good health.

If you had a Positive Anti nuclear Antibody Test, Discoid Rash in Ears, Photosensitivity, more likely to be DLE than SLE? Feel I'm in Good health.

See a rheumatologis: These findings are a definite red flag. You should see a rhematologist to get a complete examination and the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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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?

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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+ana, postive 320 and anti ribosomal p antibodies. All other labwork is normal. Symptoms are photosenstivity, livedo reticularis, mouth sores.....?

+ana, postive 320 and anti ribosomal p antibodies. All other labwork is normal. Symptoms are photosenstivity, livedo reticularis, mouth sores.....?

See allergist and dermatologist: Your symptoms and clinical picture suggests to different diagnosis as -either simple allergic condition, or connective tissue disease, lupus erythrommatosus. You should be further investigated as blood test and may be skin biopsy may give clue to diagnosis. Avoid sun exposure, taking anti allergic medication and steroids may help. Consult the dermatologist ...Read more

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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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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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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

Photosensitivity (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more