Skip to main content


Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is photosensitivity?

Photosensitivity is a skin reaction caused or worsened by sunlight.

What increases my risk for photosensitivity?

What are the signs and symptoms of photosensitivity?

Your signs and symptoms may start within minutes to 5 days after sun exposure. They may go away within 24 hours or last 1 week or more. You may have any of the following:

How is photosensitivity diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms and examine your skin. Tell your provider about medicines you take or perfume, dye, or disinfecting cleaning products you use. You may need any of the following:

How is photosensitivity treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

View more treatment options

How can I manage or prevent a skin reaction?

Prevent Sun Damage

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Learn more about Photosensitivity

Treatment options

Care guides

Symptoms and treatments guides (external)

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.