How to treat phototoxic reaction?

Now that summer is here, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine and spend some quality time outside! However, spending too much time in the sun can lead to a phototoxic reaction. A phototoxic reaction occurs when UV rays from the sun react with chemicals in your skin care products or medications you might be taking. This allergic reaction can cause redness, swelling, blisters and even burns.

If you ever experience a phototoxic reaction, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips on how to treat this annoying condition swiftly and without fuss.

Identification is Key

Before treating anything at all it is crucial that you first identify if what you’re experiencing as Phototoxic Reactions. Mostly occurring within 24-72 hours after exposure people have been known tk confuse this with mild sunburns.

In fact, there are several different types of reactions caused by UV radiation: photoallergic contact dermatitis (PACD), photoirritant contact dermatitis (PICD), phytophotodermatitis ‒ see another bizarre name..(PPD)!

The symptoms for each type of reaction may vary slightly but majority cases could prove difficult with identifying the actual cause by an experienced physician…well except when wearing protective gear like gloves and such during work.

As for home remedies one could try before seeing a medical profession…

Soothe Your Skin:

Sit back relax ,take deep breaths then start by soaking yourself into cool water upto neck level or apply cold compresses. Afterward apply good amount of any non-perfumed soothing lotion cream will do also avoid using medicated agents since their components sometimes inflict more damage than help soothe effect..

Note: Ensure that your hand/skin not dripping wet instead slightly pat off most moisture content while applying moisturizers has provided better results.

Avoiding Any Further Damage:

It is crucial to avoid any further exposure to sunlight for at least 48hours. If this can’t be avoided apply sunscreen thoroughly and frequently whenever you’re exposed to the sun.. NO we do not need another meltdown..
Covering your skin while outside or use clothing-friendly with UV-resistant features could also help.


Some medications like antibiotics, antifungals, some acne treatment medication AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and even stomach calming agents contain ingredients that could cause Phototoxic Reaction. Be sure to check with a doctor before taking them.

Say No To Heat

Your skin will be more sensitive after a phototoxic reaction hence it would wise if one avoids applying high heat onto affected areas.
If you must make use of hot water in bathing or shower kindly ensure they are luke-warm instead of hot which most people find comfortable but such might worsen case severity of a patient by expanding blood flow towards an irritated area….

Note: always try using air conditioning from time-to-time since sweating causes the wound’s stentching…

A phototoxic reaction may sound scary but it can easily be treated. Just remember: identifying the problem quickly & confidently whilst avoiding further irritation/UV rays exposure is key when treatingphototoxic reactions!

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