PHYTOPHOTODERMATITIS

By Gary White, MD Phytophotodermatitis


Phytophotdermaititis is a type of phototoxicity (in contrast to a photoallergy).

Clinical

The area is like a burn. Redness, pain and inflammation develop hours to 1-2 days after exposure. Within a few days, the area takes on a red/brown color.

Treatment

Further sun exposure should of course be avoided. A topical steroid and/or a soothing cream may ease symptoms until the condition resolves. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is common. The color may take months to return to normal A topical bleaching cream may be given after the inflammation resolves.

Additional Pictures

Woman who made ceviche with lime and lemon and then went out in the sun.
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Fig tree and the sun.
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