Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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  • Substances that increase sensitivity to light. They are widespread in nature and can be found in tars, tar derivatives (e.g. rivanol), plants (e.g. furanocoumarins, which can be found as fragrances in cosmetics) and drugs.
  • Photosensitizers may cause diseases (e.g. light dermatoses), whereas almost all triggers of photoallergic reactions also have phototoxic potential.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020