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August 1982

Photosensitivity to Topically Applied Sulfisoxazole Ointment: Evidence for a Phototoxic Reaction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California and Veterans Administration Hospital (Dr Flach and Mr Peterson); and the Department of Dermatology, University of California (Dr Mathias), San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(8):1286-1287. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040264013

• Three of four subjects demonstrated a phototoxic reaction following topically applied 25% sulfisoxazole diolamine ointment and exposure to UV light. The histopathologic features of a biopsy specimen taken from the site of a positive response were consistent with phototoxicity and not photoallergy. This study indicates that sulfisoxazole has a phototoxic potential following topical application.

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