Polymorphic light eruption - Treatment
Polymorphous light eruption
Medium to strong steroid creams or ointments may be prescribed by your doctor. They are used 2 or 3 times a day helps clear the rash. Steroid pills may be used for more severe cases.
Some people benefit from phototherapy. Phototherapy is a medical treatment in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. This may help your skin become sensitized to the sun.
In many patients, the chances of having this condition after being in sunlight decreases over time.
- Reviewed last on: 5/13/2011
- Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Lebwohl MG, Heymann WR, Berth-Jones J, Coulson I, eds. Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009.
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