Photoallergic dermatitis, otherwise called photodermatitis, is a type of allergic reaction that is triggered by light. Exposure to light may result in red itchy rashes, burning sensation, breathing difficulties, and swelling. It can also result in blisters on the skin, and the skin peels off. It can result from various medicines or plants.
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I have a rash on my face that has come back more aggressive than before. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old and suffering from a rash on my face. The first breakout was around five weeks ago. I noticed a red spot above my left eyebrow after hearing a stressful news and eventually it spread to my chin and above my lip. I was at the beach and after around three days, the rash... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be seborrheic dermatitis or photodermatitis. Allergies may be playing a role. All these are visual diagnosis and the lab tests or biopsies have limited or no role. Seborrheic dermatitis is more commonly present with dandruff and similar rashes on the neck an... Read Full »
What are the causes of a rash on the nose bridge?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had a red/pink rash on the side of my nose for about a year and a half now. It is on the bridge of my nose. It gets better at times, but most of the time it is prominent. It also usually gets better when I am in a cool environment and worse when I am in a hot climate or in su... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After carefully reading your history I came to a conclusion that there are two possibilities of your rash. Drug reaction: It can mimic like anything and can remain up to 3 to 5 months and then subside as the drug gets cleared from the body. Photoallergic dermatiti... Read Full »
Why does my sister suffer skin rashes and itching whenever she goes out in the sun?
Query: Hi doctor, My sister is suffering from skin rashes. It comes and goes. Whenever she goes out in sunlight, the parts of the skin exposed to the sun are turning red and start itching. It disappears after a couple of hours. When we did blood test, IgE level is 220 IU/mL. What is the problem? Can this ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your sister might be suffering from photoallergic dermatitis. Please send the photographs of the lesion for confirmation of diagnosis and treatment. Serum IgE is a little bit raised and again indicates an allergic response to sunlight. For further information consult a ... Read Full »
Can Adderall tablets cause allergy?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old male. My weight is 180 lbs and height is 5'10". I was prescribed a generic brand of Adderall 20 mg about a year ago. It truly has improved my lifestyle. Up until about two months ago everything was fine. I noticed that on the left side of my neck became red randomly. I... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and I appreciate your effort for a detailed and meticulous history. Since you are on tablet Adderall 20 mg, which is Amphetamine, it can cause photoallergic cutaneous side effects. It is true that initially for a few months you have no suc... Read Full »
My neck, back, face, and hands feel itchy and have rashes. Why does my skin break out every summer?
Query: Hi doctor,My neck, back, face, arms, and hands feel itchy and have rashes after exposure to the sun. So I used creams and allergy tablets. But I stopped it as it did not improve my symptoms. Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.If possible, provide me photographs of affected areas, which will help me understand your skin problem and give a treatment plan. Read Full »
Why do I get yearly itchy outbreaks?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from this problem for a few years, and every year it seems to be worsening than the previous one. I am overweight, and I have lost about 15 pounds by working hard. I got yearly rash outbreaks on arms, especially forearms. I have diabetes and take many medications,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like polymorphic light eruptions may be allergic contact dermatitis. I suggest the measures given below; 1. You can use full sleeve cotton shirts to cover the photo-exposed are... Read Full »
My skin itches and hurts during workouts. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My skin hurts and itches during the workout, and also it gets hurt when I am out in the sun. When my body temperature is high, my skin starts to hurt and itch. After my body cools and my heart rate gets stable, the itching and pain stop. Especially in my face, chest, and back, I do no... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With your given history, it seems that you have developed photoallergic reactions due to chronic use of Doxycycline almost for two years. Maybe you have acne rosacea as there is frequent flushing, redness, and small lumpy red spots developed along with tiny blood vessel... Read Full »
What could be the reason for facial skin allergy in a 3-year-old kid?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a daughter of 3 years old. Recently since four days, I have noticed on her face a small patches more of like skin allergy. I am attaching her picture which shows her allergy on the left upper lips and cheeks. Kindly advise ointment for her, as we live out of the country. So you ar... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This seems to be a type of Sun-induced dermatitis commonly present in children. Apply sunscreen like Photostable regularly twice daily over the face eg, at 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Apply any ... Read Full »
What is the treatment for sunburn injury?
Query: Hi doctor, I got a very bad sunburn on my left leg about a week ago. I am almost certain it was a second degree even though it did not blister. It was very red and hurted for at least three days. My ankle was swollen for two days as well. I am much worried about it as I am on holiday and did not see... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern Read Full »