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Polymorphic Light Eruption - Causes and Treatment for UV Radiation Effects

Polymorphous light eruption, as the name suggests, is a kind of allergic reaction that develops because of exposure to sunlight. It is a general rash that forms when the person becomes sensitive when the person moves about in the sunlight, and is usually experienced by photosensitive people during the spring or when summer sets in. This rash is characterized by itchy red spots occurs usually on exposed areas such as the front of the neck, legs, arms and thighs. This condition is also known as sun poisoning and is known to disappear on its own within a week, and without the use of medical intervention. However the condition could reprise if the person steps out in the sunlight. Apart from medicated ointments and topical applications developing a tolerance towards the sun also helps. Introducing sunlight during the early hours of the morning or when the sun is not very hot, the affected individual must move about in the sunlight. However the person should move indoors as the sun begins to get intense. This method is known to help and prevent the cause of polymorphous light eruption.

Ultraviolet Radiation Effects - Sun Burn Treatment


The UV radiation found in the sun is responsible for causing the sensitivity. Moreover such UV radiations are also found in commercial tanning beds and lamps and hence those who have a sensitive disposition towards the sunlight must also stay away from such tanning agents. In some people polymorphous light eruption also causes an overall nauseated feeling and can initiate body chills and bring on headaches. This condition is known to affect the whiter complexioned people more than those who have darker pigmentation. Most people who experience polymorphous light eruption usually start having these incidents before they reach the age of 30.

More than often such rashes disappear by themselves. However if the rash is accompanied by inflammation and covers large areas of the body with the onset of fever then you must seek medical advice. Moreover it is not a good sign if the rash begins start blistering. Also if the individual is under medications and experiences the symptoms without stepping out in the sun then it could be a case of adverse medical reaction. Once again such patients must visit the doctor to get a proper diagnosis of the case. In order that conditions be ruled out, there may be blood tests conducted or a skin biopsy done, depending upon the gravity of the situation.
 
   
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