Photosensitivity in children

The condition may manifest as exaggerated sunburn, sometimes with blistering, or as a rash appearing in a light-exposed area

There are many causes of photosensitivity in children and some examples are presented here.

Phytophotodermatitis results from contact with various phototoxic agents, such as lime juice or perfumes, followed by sun exposure.

It presents as an exaggerated sunburn reaction, often with blistering: figure 1 (below left) and figure 2 (below right).


Polymorphous light reactions present as recurrent erythematous vesicles and papules — mainly located on the cheeks, ears, upper anterior chest and exposed limbs.