What should I know about hydroquinone 3% topical solution before taking it?

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While using hydroquinone 3% topical solution, you may become more sensitive to ultraviolet light and sunburn more easily, and you will need to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or UV lights. You should also avoid products that can irritate the skin, such as harsh facial cleansers or shampoos, hair dye or hair waxes.

Because some types of hydroquinone 3% topical solution can contain sulfites, people with asthma should be aware that the medication may cause an allergic reaction. Before starting you on hydroquinone 3% topical solution, your doctor should know if you have eczema, a high white blood count, lessened blood flow to the skin, the measles, tuberculosis or a positive TB test, chicken pox or the shingles. If you have a sunburn or open wounds near the areas you want to apply hydroquinone 3% topical solution, you will have to wait until your skin heals to start treatment.