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Be aware of medication-related sunburn

One hazard to talk to patients about this summer is medication-related sunburn. There is a long list of medicines, such as antibiotics and antihistamines, that can cause photosensitivity as a side effect—making a patient more susceptible to UV light damage. When talking to your patients about the importance of staying hydrated and wearing sunblock, also warn them of possible photosensitive side-effects from their medications, says Bradley T. Truax, MD, principal consultant of the Truax Group.

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