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Medicines and Sun Exposure


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Medicines and Sun Exposure

Some medicines may cause your skin to sunburn more easily. Medicines used for treatment on the skin (topical) or for the whole body (systemic) can cause two types of reactions:

Examples of medicines that may cause your skin to sunburn more easily include:

If you are taking a medicine, it is important to know if the medicine may cause your skin to sunburn more easily.

Some chemicals in common products can also cause photoallergic reactions. These products include:


Credits for Medicines and Sun Exposure

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised September 1, 2011

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