PHOTODISTRIBUTED DRUG ERUPTION
By Gary M. White, MD
Doxycycline gives a very characteristic rash with redness/sunburn of the dorsal hands, fingers and nose.
Various drugs may cause photosensitivity and/or a photo accentuated drug eruption.
- The classic offenders are hydrochlorothiazide and the tetracyclines.
Red, purple or violaceous plaques on the dorsa of the hands and arms (and even feet) may occur in photodistributed drug eruption. Potential offenders include hydrochlorothiazide, doxycycline, gold, captopril, lasix, sulfa, sparfloxacin and quinine.
The offending agent should be identified and eliminated.
Photodistributed rash in a patient shoe worked outdoors and was on hydrochlorothiazide.
Photoreaction after 5FU for Breast cancer. Courtesy Michael O. Murphy, MD
Quinine causing photosensitivity.
Hydrochlorothiazide-induced photosensitivity and drug reaction.
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