Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 
Diagnosis Mistakes » Sunburn or general photosensitivity?
 

Sunburn or general photosensitivity?

Sunburn is normally caused by UV-B radiation which penetrates the epidermis and the superficial dermis which release substances such as leucotrienes and histamines can cause redness and pain. Severe sunburn may develop on relatively dull days because thin clouds filter UV- B poorly. The clinical presentations may be mild eythema with minimal discomfort to severe burns such as vesicles, bullae, hypotension and fever. It must be differentiated from that of genearl sensitivity caused by certain drugs such as thiazides, sulphonamides, NSAID's and grisseofluvin, photocontact dermatitis and acute systemic lupus erythematosus.

More Diagnostic Medical Mistakes

More Diagnostic Error Topics

  • No biopsy to be done in juvenile angiofibroma
  • Not always a case of appendicitis
  • Obesity-related conditions undiagnosed in children
  • Over-diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in obese patients
  • Painful anorectal conditions
  • Painful ear conditions
  • Painful throat- look for infectious mononucleosis
  • Pancreatic cancer often diagnosed too late
  • Parental fears about toddler behavior often unfounded
  • Pelvic inflammtory disease due to STD's
  • Pheochromocytoma can mimic an anxiety attack
  • Physical disorders often hidden causes of depression
  • Pitfalls in diagnosing palpitations
  •  

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise