Watch for Patients on Meds That Make Them Prone to Sun Sensitivity
Summer sun will bring questions about photosensitizing meds.
Some meds may trigger reactions that appear similar to an exaggerated sunburn within minutes to hours of sun exposure. Others may cause allergic-like reactions that look like eczema a day or two later.
Which meds cause photosensitivity? Be familiar with common culprits, such as antibiotics (sulfamethoxazole, doxycycline, etc)...heart meds (amiodarone, hydrochlorothiazide, etc)...and some NSAIDs (naproxen, etc).