By Gary M. White, MD

Photodrug eruption from doxycycline
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.


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.

Additional Pictures

Photodistributed rash in a patient shoe worked outdoors and was on hydrochlorothiazide.
Hydrochlorothiazide-induced photosensitivity

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Photoreaction after 5FU for Breast cancer. Courtesy Michael O. Murphy, MD
photodistributed drug eruption.  Photoreaction after 5FU for Breast cancer

Quinine causing photosensitivity.
photodistributed drug eruption from Quinine

Hydrochlorothiazide-induced photosensitivity and drug reaction.
Hydrochlorothiazide-induced photosensitivity and drug reaction Hydrochlorothiazide-induced photosensitivity and drug reaction


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