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Sun Allergy Symptoms in Children

Sun allergies are common among children. A sun allergy occurs when an individual develops allergic reactions to the rays of the sun, which is known as photo-sensitivity. These allergic reactions will be noticeable within minutes or after few hours of exposure.

Sun allergy symptoms in children
The symptoms of sun allergies in children depend on the type of sun allergy. The most common sun allergy types are: solar urticaria, PMLE (polymorphous light eruption), hereditary PMLE (hereditary polymorphous light eruption) and photoallergic eruption. The most common symptoms are listed below.

  • Body rash symptoms: Kids with PMLE may develop rashes on the skin which is exposed to the sun or which isn’t covered with clothing after about two hours. They may develop rashes, burning or their skin might become dark.
  • Sunstroke symptoms: Due to high temperature, kids with PMLE may become dehydrated and show symptoms that mimic heat stroke. They may develop headaches, nausea and/or chills.
  • Hives: Kids who suffer with solar urticaria might break out into hives just after being exposed to even very brief periods of sunlight.
  • Facial rash: Kids with hereditary PMLE may develop rashes on the face. The lips and cheeks are the most common affected areas.
  • Blisters: Kids may develop blisters after one or two days of sun exposure. If this occurs, it is a sign of the photo-allergic eruption.
  • Bleeding under the skin: In severe cases of PMLE sun allergy, blood can appear underneath the skin.
  • Some other symptoms include scaly patchesraised spotsitching and burning sensations on the exposed skin.

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