The following side effects are expected during the photodynamic therapy course. Contact your doctor if these symptoms are severe and/or do not go away:
How Common (based on clinical studies)
|Pain||Up to 100% of all users|
|Redness in the area||Up to 100% of all users|
|Peeling||Up to 83% of all users|
|Mild transient acne||Up to 78 % of all users|
|Swelling||Up to 71.4% of all users|
|Severe pain||Up to 68.4% of all users|
|Itching||Up to 65% of all users|
|Temporary pigmentary change||Up to 65% of all users|
|Stinging sensation||Up to 55% of all users|
|Severe redness||Up to 35% of all users|
|Crusting||Up to 33.3% of all users|
|Burning sensation||Up to 15% of all users|
|Blisters||Up to 2.3% of all users|
|Rash||Up to 2% of all users|
|Scab||Up to 2% of all users|
Photodynamic therapy may also cause other side effects that are not mentioned here. Contact your doctor if you experience any other troublesome symptoms after photodynamic therapy.
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