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February 1963

Loss of Light Sensitivity After Abstaining from Alcohol

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Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140131022

The patient was a white male executive age 52 whose main hobby was golfing. Light sensitivity appeared in the spring of 1957. Each succeeding summer the symptoms and signs had tended to worsen. Golfing in the spring of 1962 led to such a severe attack the sport was abandoned. Sun exposure for 20 to 30 minutes produced itching in the exposed areas and within 24 hours pruritic, erythematous wheals appeared having a coma-like configuration. Involution required 2 to 3 days. Window glass afforded complete protection. An attack on the hand or forearm did not provoke lesions in previously affected areas nor did lesions appear in regions covered by clothing. A swarthy complexion did not dispose to tanning.

Alcohol consumption was a pint or more daily. During the past fifteen years the intake had steadily increased. Ten highballs daily was not unusual. Oral medication for the past year was 2 tripelennamine