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Photosensitivity in children: An approach to diagnosis and management

Author(s): Inamadar Arun | Palit Aparna

Journal: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
ISSN 0378-6323

Volume: 71;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 73;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Photosensitivity | Genodermatoses | Idiopathic photodermatoses

Photosensitivity disorders in children include a wide array of conditions, many of which are unique to this age group. Prompt diagnosis of these disorders becomes difficult at times because of the overlapping clinical pictures. Genodermatoses and metabolic disorders may have associated systemic involvement, which may lead to these children presenting to pediatricians who may overlook the photosensitivity. A dermatologist′s consultation is essential in such cases for specific instructions and counseling of parents regarding photoprotection in these children. This intervention may improve the quality of life by reducing the morbidity and chances of early mortality. This review includes a comprehensive discussion of the distinguishing clinical features of childhood photodermatoses along with general guidelines regarding their investigation and treatment.

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