Drug-Induced Photosensitivity Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Alexandra Y Zhang, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the pathophysiology of phototoxicity in drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the pathophysiology of photoallergic reactions in drug-induced photosensitivity?

What causes drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the incidence of drug-induced photosensitivity in the US?

What is the global incidence of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What are the racial predilections of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What are the sexual predilections in the prevalence of drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which age groups have the highest risk for drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the prognosis of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What should be included in patient education about drug-induced photosensitivity?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the role of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in drug-induced photosensitivity?

How is drug-induced photosensitivity differentiated for other conditions of photosensitivity?

Where do phototoxic and photoallergic reactions typically occur in drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which physical findings are characteristic of phototoxic reactions in drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which physical findings are characteristic of photo-onycholysis in drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which physical findings are characteristic of photoallergic reactions in drug-induced photosensitivity?

What are possible complications of drug-induced photosensitivity?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Drug-Induced Photosensitivity?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the role of photopatch testing in the diagnosis of drug-induced photosensitivity?

What is the role of phototesting in the diagnosis of drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of drug-induced photosensitivity?

Treatment

How is drug-induced photosensitivity treated?

How is drug-induced photosensitivity prevented?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for drug-induced photosensitivity?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Drug-Induced Photosensitivity?