Recovery is usually fairly easy and uneventful. Many patients have mild dryness and a faint to mild sunburn of the treated area. A small percent of patients may have moderate or marked discomfort and a harder recovery because of more skin dryness, redness, or burning.
Some of these patients have had inadvertent sun exposure, even as short as a minute or two, during their immediate posttreatment time, causing a more severe reaction. A handful of patients have reported some minor sun-exposing activities like briefly stepping out to fill their yard bird feeder or walking out for a moment to grab the mail from the mailbox.
You will want to plan to stay indoors and avoid any sunlight for 24-48 hours as directed by your physician. Overall, you may be able to resume all normal indoor activities the first day.
Most patients are able to return to work or school in the 24-48 hours after photodynamic therapy. Avoiding direct sunlight for the first one to two days is crucial to avoiding getting an exuberant (red) response. Your physician will need to let you know what activity precautions are required based on the area and size of your procedure.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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