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Solar Urticaria

CAUSES OF SOLAR URTICARIA

Solar urticaria is thought to be caused by an immune reaction that develops on exposure to sunlight or artificial UVA light.

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SYMPTOMS OF SOLAR URTICARIA

Though symptoms of solar urticaria usually develop within minutes or soon after being exposed to sunlight, they can be delayed for several hours. These symptoms include:

1. Redness of the skin

2. Itchiness

3. Wheals

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TREATMENT FOR SOLAR URTICARIA

The treatment for solar urticaria includes:

1. Taking antihistamines one hour before sun exposure.

2. Wearing photo-protective clothing like hats with wide brims, tops with long sleeves and trousers and avoiding the sun between 10 am and 4 pm.

3. Immuno-suppressant medications like prednisolone, ciclosporin and intravenous immunoglobulins for severe solar urticaria.

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