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May 1982

The Influence of Infrared Radiation on Short-term Ultraviolet-Radiation-Induced Injuries

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(5):315-318. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650170029017

• Because heat has been reported to influence adversely short- and long-term ultraviolet (UV)-radiation-induced skin damage in animals, we investigated the short-term effects of infrared radiation on sunburn and on phototoxic reactions to topical methoxsalen and anthracene in human volunteers. Prior heating of the skin caused suppression of the phototoxic response to methoxsalen as evidenced by an increase in the threshold erythema dose. Heat administered either before or after exposure to UV radiation had no detectable influence on sunburn erythema or on phototoxic reactions provoked by anthracene.

(Arch Dermatol 1982;118:315-318)