xeroderma pigmentosum

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a rare genetic condition characterized by an eruption of exposed skin occurring in childhood and photosensitivity with severe sunburn

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But the creatures aren't too urgent a threat, since they're allergic to light - and the planet fortunately revolves around three suns (an astronomical phenomenon that's never explained).
Vlad is believed to have suffered from a real condition that made him allergic to light and afraid of strong smells like garlic.