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Polymorphic Light Eruptions

Polymorphic light eruption, otherwise called polymorphous light eruption, is a type of skin rash seen in people who are sensitive to sunlight. It looks like a cluster of small, red, blisters that can cause itching or burning sensation. Topical corticosteroids are usually used to manage this condition.

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What could be the cause for thick red rashes on face?

Query: Hello doctor, A 34-year-old female is having thick red rashes on the face. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Charu Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The thick red rashes on the face can be because of many reasons like allergic contact dermatitis, papular urticaria, irritant contact dermatitis, and many more. I need to know more details like for how long are they present? Are they itchy? Are they transient or pers...  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 »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 mo...  Read Full »

What causes the rash on the hand to spread?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a rash on the back of my hand. It is coming and going for years. But now, it gets spread on the rest of my hand. It was just like itchy bumps very close together. But now it is like a flat-raised area. I have dryness in my skin after doing swimming in a chlorinated pool. I am taki...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Sud

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have a little sun reaction called polymorphous light eruption. Lamotrigine can make your skin sensitive to sun. I suggest you apply a good physical sunscreen containing Zinc oxide and titanium oxide for at least 20 minutes before stepping out or entering the...  Read Full »

I have pores that spread through my arms and do not go away despite following many remedies. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been concerned with my skin lately. There were some strange (I do not know if they are pores) growing bigger and expanding through my arms. I noticed they are only located on my arms, and nothing is found on my legs or anywhere. I do not know exactly when they appeared. I just n...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. On examining your pictures (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity), it seems you have PMLE (polymorphic light eruptions). PMLE is idiopathic, sunlight, or artificial light-induced cutaneous eruptions, ranging from pap...  Read Full »

Could the recurring white spots on my face be due to sunburns or excessive sugars?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had white spots all over my face for the last 20 days, and it recovers on its own. I do not know the exact cause, but can it be due to sunburn or a high intake of sugary foods? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I think you have PMLE (polymorphic light eruption), which is only a kind of sun allergy. It is more common in summers. I would suggest some medicines for ten days and follow back. Use Tacroz forte (Tacrolimus) 0.3 percent cream apply twice ...  Read Full »

I have red round itching patches in arm. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, From the past one week, I have itching problem in my arm area. It itches more and more and red round patches have become prominent. It is very humid here. Please suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sunil Kumar Kothiwala

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is polymorphous light eruption (PMLE). It is UV rays induced skin allergy. So, main precaution is sun protection. The treatment involves tablet Wysolone 10 mg once daily after br...  Read Full »

Though I am positive for ANA, I do not have any symptoms. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 50-year-old male. I was having photosensitivity (not too bad), went to a dermatologist, had a blood test, and tested positive for ANA 1:160. I was getting eczema on my hands and feet with the sun at the beach (tiny tiny little itchy blisters), but my forearms and calves start to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to history, it looks more like the skin is the only one troubling you. I would like to ask you a few more queries. Did your rash resolve after the sun exposure was removed? Do you experience it on a daily basis when exposed to the sun or was it just due...  Read Full »

What is the new mark on my forehead developed last week?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a new mark on my forehead that has developed over the last week or so. It feels a bit crusty and is somewhat sore. But it does not look like a scab or a mole. What can it be?  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concern can be the following: Polymorphic light eruption (PLE). Seborrhoeic keratosis. I suggest you try using the following: Hydrocortisone cream, once daily at bedtime for a week. Neutrogena sunscreen of SPF 50 during noon. Avoid direct sunlight between 1...  Read Full »

Is vitamin E the right treatment for polymorphous light eruptions?

Query: Hello doctor, I have self-diagnosed myself with polymorphous light eruptions, and I know that sounds annoying to someone who has dedicated their entire career to skin care. But every time I am at the beach in extreme sunlight, around day 2 or 3, I start developing a bumpy and itchy rash. After much ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Vitamin E is a potent free radical scavenger and antioxidant. Free radicals are reduced oxygen elements, which are responsible for skin damage and photoaging. Vitamin E protects the skin from effects of acute and chronic sun exposure. However, vitamin E alone is not eff...  Read Full »

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