A sun allergy can be used to describe a number of conditions in which an itchy red rash appears on skin that has been exposed to sunlight.
The allergy that’s most common is polymorphic light eruption – better known as sun poisoning.
While milder cases of sun allergy may clear up without treatment, more severe cases, including sun poisoning, can usually be treated successfully with steroid creams or other medication that our team may recommend or prescribe.
What can you do to help prevent a sun allergy or sun sensitivity?
Skin affected by a sun allergy’s appearance can vary widely depending on what is causing the problem, with the symptoms usually occurring on skin that has been exposed to the sun and usually developing within minutes to hours after your sun exposure.
Typical symptoms may include:
Please see our team if you have severe or persistent symptoms.
Certain medications, chemicals and medical conditions can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. While it is not clear why some people get a sun allergy and others do not some research points to certain inherited traits playing a role.
Risk factors for developing an allergic reaction to sunlight include:
Treatment depends on the type of sun allergy you have. For mild cases, simply avoiding the sun for a few days will usually be sufficient in resolving your symptoms. In treating more severe or persistent sun allergy cases, our team may recommend over-the-counter creams containing corticosteroids or prescribe even stronger medication if necessary.