Photosensitivity

Also indexed as:Light Sensitivity, Sensitivity to Light
A red rash that breaks out on your body during sun exposure may mean you’re “allergic” to light. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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A red rash that breaks out on your body during sun exposure may mean you’re “allergic” to light. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Try beta-carotene

    Increase your tolerance to sunlight by supplementing with beta-carotene

  • Shield your skin from the sun

    Steer clear of excessive sun exposure by wearing protective clothing or smoothing on sunscreen

  • Get a checkup

    Visit a qualified healthcare provider to find out if your photosensitivity is caused by a treatable medical condition or a side effect of medication

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