Chapter 18. Skin Reactions to Light

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch18

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) Skin Reactions to Light, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch18

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086



  • skin reactions to light;
  • ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and psoriasis treatment;
  • cow parsley and photodermatitis;
  • sunburn skin disorders and wavelengths and lupus erythematosus;
  • phototoxic drug reactions and phototoxicity;
  • phototoxicity and photoallergy distinguishing features;
  • polymorphic light eruption and facial eczematous plaques;
  • sun's rays and basal cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas;
  • actinic prurigo


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sunburn

  • Phototoxicity

  • Photoallergy

  • Chronic actinic dermatitis (actinic reticuloid)

  • Polymorphic light eruption

  • Actinic prurigo

  • Solar urticaria

  • Actinic keratoses

  • Actinic cheilitis

  • Lupus erythematosus

  • Carcinomas

  • Exacerbated diseases

  • Porphyria cutanea tarda

  • Cutaneous ageing

  • Further reading