Sunburn hazard: Do not go out in the sun when taking some medication
Many people use the summer temperatures to linger in the garden, in the outdoor pool or at the lake. You should always make sure to protect the skin sufficiently. This is especially true for people who take certain medications. There are drugs that can promote sunburn.
Some medications can cause sunburn
With the current summer temperatures, there is hardly anyone in the apartment. If you are outside during the hot days, you should definitely remember to protect your skin. This is especially true for people who take certain medicines. Because some medications can make photosensitive and promote sunburn. When the skin gets UV-A rays, an interaction with some ingredients creates a so-called phototoxic reaction. This is indicated by the "haut.de" internet portal.
According to the experts, the symptoms of a phototoxic reaction range from redness and burning pain to severe burns.
Some of the antibiotics, antidiabetics, hypotensive drugs, rheumatism preparations and psychotropic drugs are known for their phototoxic effects.
As a rule, there are corresponding instructions on the leaflet that should be observed.
Plants and foods with photosensitizing effects
Even some plants and foods such as citrus or celery can have photosensitizing effects.
Giant hogweed also threatens skin burns.
People taking medication or herbal remedies, such as St. John's wort preparations, should clarify with a doctor or in a pharmacy the possibly associated photosensitizing effect, which can occur in combination with solar radiation.
Important to know: UV-A radiation also penetrates through glass. Therefore, caution is also required when driving in summer.
When it comes to sun protection, you should always use the UV index as a guide and use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. Lightproof clothing is also recommended. (ad)