Sun allergy: children often show late symptoms

Daran erkennst du ein Sonnenallergie-Kind

A sun allergy, also known as polymorphic light dermatosis (PLD), often occurs in the months of March to June, as the skin is not yet used to the sun. About 10-20 percent of all people living in Central Europe, Scandinavia, or the United States have it. Prof. Dr. Peter Sefrin, Federal Physician of the German Red Cross e. V., but points out that allergy to the sun is very rare in children.



The term sun allergy is misleading because it is not an allergy in the true sense of the word. The symptoms only resemble those of an allergic reaction.

Solar allergy in children: recognition of symptoms

It is typical of photodermatosis that the skin irritation is localized. This means that they only appear in those places where your child has received a lot of sun. According to Prof. Dr. Peter Sefrin are:

  • expensive
  • neck
  • poor
  • legs

The problem of sun allergy: Children often show delayed symptoms and not always equally pronounced. It can take a few hours or even several days for the skin to react.

Typical symptoms of sun allergy:

  • severe itching
  • burning pain
  • flushed skin
  • Hives / nodules / vesicles
  • Swelling of the skin