The Symptoms Of Photoaggravated Eczema

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The Symptoms Of Photoaggravated Eczema

Diagnosing and understanding the particular type of eczema, skin allergy, or other skin illness your child deals with can be a struggle. It can take working with several doctors, allergists, dermatologists, pediatricians, and dietitians before you finally get the answers you need and the healing your child deserves. For many parents, however, the process doesn’t stop there. For children who suffer from photoaggravated eczema, the diagnosis and treatment of the eczema itself may not be enough. When the light from the sun or other full spectrum lights causes regular eczema to flare up and get worse, it takes extra care and understanding to keep your child comfortable and free from pain. Today, let’s explore some of the symptoms of photoaggravated eczema – knowing more may just help you solve a skin issue that’s been causing confusion for years!

Nothing To Do With Cameras

Photoaggravated Eczema is actually two issues happening at once. On one hand you have the actual eczema, on the other you have sensitivity to light which causes the eczema to get worse. Photoaggravated eczema happens when regular eczema reacts to the presence of full spectrum light.

What To Look For

The symptoms of photoaggravated eczema can be varied, but usually fall within these parameters…

  • New medications seem to heal one part of the eczema while making it more sensitive at the same time
  • Outings or time spent outside seems to lead to eczema getting worse
  • Skin reacting visibly to light or sunshine exposure

Again, the symptoms your child may experience could be varied, but considering how the sun and other light sources may be influencing the overall wellness of their skin can be very telling.


There are a few ways that photoaggravated eczema can be caused…

  • Reaction to medication
  • Sensitivity caused by medication
  • Predisposition to sun or light allergy
  • Aggressive eczema that reacts to light and sunshine

There is definitely more to be learned about this illness, but many specialists have options as far as medication and lifestyle changes that can really help… so stay hopeful!


If you suspect that your child is suffering from photoaggravated eczema, the sooner you get treatment, the better. Work with a dermatologist or other specialist who is familiar with light sensitivity and eczema to ensure that understand the illness and have resources to help you and your family.

  1. Bonny Ward
    Bonny Ward04-10-2017

    Hi, my name is Bonny and I have been suffering from eczema since I was about 3 , I was told I would grow out of it and still haven’t. I’ve been to 3 specialists over the past years who don’t have a clue what is up with my skin. I would really appreciate it if I could seek some additional help. Thanks.

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