Allergies to the sun: how to distinguish from sunburn
An allergy to the sun or photodermatitis has different types and manifestations. But doctors recommend to know the main of them, in time to recognize the disease and turn to the doctor for treatment.
As soon as it becomes warm, and people begin to spend more and more time in nature, in the offices of dermatologists there are also a lot of patients complaining of an allergy to the sun.
Solar allergy, such a common folk term, characterizes a rash on a skin area that has been exposed to direct sunlight. It can also be attributed to photosensitive disorders or photodermatosis, and can generally be divided into the following medical categories:
- idiopathic photodermatosis,
- exogenous photodermatosis,
- acute photodermatosis,
- genetic photodermatosis,
- metabolic photodermatosis.
Sounds abstruse, right? Let’s figure it out.
Allergy to the sun (photodermatitis) and its main types
If after several hours in the sun you have itching, redness, a rash on your chest and hands, then you probably have polymorphic photodermatosis. Often what we are used to consider an allergy with its rash and itching is just this kind of disease. It is also one of the most common types of photodermatosis.