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any of the constituents of certain plants, such as Psoralea corylifolia, that have the ability to produce phototoxic dermatitis when an individual is first exposed to it and then to sunlight; certain perfumes and drugs, such as methoxsalen, contain psoralens.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A phototoxic drug used by topical or oral administration for the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis. Also present in oil of bergamot perfume and in fruits and vegetables such as limes, which may cause photosensitization.
See also: PUVA.
See also: PUVA.
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Any of a group of chemical compounds found in certain plants, used to treat psoriasis and vitiligo.
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psoralenTherapeutics A class of furocoumarins used to treat psoriasis and other skin conditions
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A phototoxic drug used topically or orally to treat vitiligo and psoriasis; present in oil of bergamot perfume and in fruits and vegetables such as limes, which may cause photosensitization.
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A family of photosensitizing chemicals that can be found in lemons, celery, and other plants. Chemically synthesized versions are used to augment the effects of UVA light treatments.
Mentioned in: Ultraviolet Light Treatment
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