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Clin Dermatol. 2014 Jan-Feb;32(1):73-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2013.05.027.

Photodermatoses, including phototoxic and photoallergic reactions (internal and external).

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Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty, Department of Dermatology, İstanbul University, Fatih, İstanbul, 34098 Turkey. Electronic address:


Photodermatoses are caused by an abnormal reaction mainly to the ultraviolet component of sunlight. Photodermatoses can be broadly classified into four groups: immunologically mediated photodermatoses, chemical- and drug-induced photosensitivity, photoaggravated dermatoses, and DNA repair-deficiency photodermatoses. In this review, we focus mainly on chemical- and drug-induced photosensitivity, namely, phototoxicity and photoallergy.

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