What is juvenile spring eruption?

Juvenile spring eruption is thought to be a form of polymorphic light eruption. Juvenile spring eruption most commonly occurs in boys and young men, and they develop itchy, red blisters on their ears which heal without scarring. It is more common in boys with shorter hair, as long hair can protect the tops of the ears from sunlight. The rash develops 8 – 24 hours after sunlight exposure, and can take 2 weeks to heal. It most commonly occurs in spring.

Steroid creams and creams and antihistamines to ease the itching can help in the management of juvenile spring eruption. Hats can be worn and hair can be grown over the ears to protect them from the sun.

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