Related Terms

Erythropoietic Protoporphyria; Photoallergy; Photodermatitis; Phototoxicity; Polymorphous Light Eruptions; Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Photosensitivity is a problem with how the body reacts to sunlight. It can result in rash, swelling, and fever. It has many causes, including some medicines, plants, and health problems.

It often gets better on its own. Steps to prevent exposure to the sun should be taken.

Natural Therapies

There is not enough data to support that any herbs and supplements are helpful in treating photosensitivity. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.


A1. Photosensitivity and your skin. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: Accessed June 12, 2020.

Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC

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