ALLERGY TO THE SUN:
Multidisciplinary investigation on
the prevalence, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of
Polymorphic Light Eruption
SUNALL (SUN ALLergy)
Sun-provoked skin reactions, ranging from itching rashes to unsightly eruptions, constitute one of the most prevelant forms of allergy and have a large medical and socio-economic impact on the lives of millions of Europeans. The most common of these sun allergies is Polymorphic Light Eruption (PLE) which is currently poorly investigated, and largely neglected as a public health problem. In a unique multi-centre partnership of dermatologists, (photo-) biologists and epidemiologists we intend to address this deficiency and determine the prevelence and severity of the condition across Europe. Based on new exciting research developments we will investigate the pathognesis and aetiology of the most common form of sun allergy; PLE. The direct goals are to improve diagnostic criteria and targeting of therapies, and to provide guidelines on prevention.