Polymorphic Light Eruption is a rash suffered by people who have a severe sensitivity to light. The word Polymorphic in the term means that the rash can take on many forms. This rash can appear as red splotches, tiny red bumps or slightly raised patches of skin. This condition most often occurs during the spring and summer months. Anyone with this condition has a form of photosensitivity. Polymorphous light eruption is the most common light-induced skin disease.
Polymorphic light eruption, also known as PMLE mostly affects women aged 20 to 40. However, it affects children and males in 25 percent of all cases. This condition is most common in areas of the world where sun exposure is less common, such as Northern Europe. It is also more common in areas which have higher altitudes while being less commonly found in people living at sea level altitudes. Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) affects about 10% of the US population. This condition affects all racial skin types.
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