Ever endured a red itchy skin rash, tiny blisters or hives after being out in the sun, even for a very short time? You may have what is interchangeably referred to as a sun sensitivity, photosensitivity or sun allergies.
A sun allergy is your immune system’s response to sunlight. For some reason your body has developed an allergic reaction to sun altered skin. What’s believed to be foreign invaders, your immune response goes into full skin protection swing.
Common causes for sun sensitivity may be intermittent, a sun triggered chemical reaction or a pre-existing health condition.
Intermittent photosensitivity is the second most common sun related skin issue, sunburn being the first. This reaction usually takes place after a low UV period, like during the winter. During that initial stage back outdoors, normally early spring, your skin reacts.
Intermittent form of sun allergy usually causes a rash within a couple of hours after sun exposure. Your rash experience may encompass:
You could even feel kinda sick, with:
Pacifying your periodical form of sun sensitivity is done by increasing your sun exposure slowly. Repeated sun exposure will naturally decrease you skin’s sensitivity. Typically, this reaction lessens correspondingly with more exposure.
Sun triggered chemical reactions may emerge due to topical applications or ingested compounds. A sun allergy to ingredients applied to the skin may be found in your:
- skin lotions
- antibiotic ointments
Or your chemical reactive sun sensitivity may instead be a consequence of taking prescription or non prescription drugs, such as:
- naproxen sodium
- certain oral contraceptives
- phenothiazines ~ psychiatric illness
- antibiotics ~ tetracyclines/sulfonamides
- diuretics ~ high blood pressure/heart failure
Oftentimes these two types of chemical sensitivities won’t appear right away. May take a day or two before an itchy red rash or tiny blistering rears up in backlash to previous sun.
Conquering chemical photosensitivity is in the discovery of the underlying chemical cause, experimentation time. You can remove one product at a time from your skin care regime in an attempt to track it down, or a dermatologist can perform photopatch tests. As for the medications, need to work that one out with your health care provider.
A couple of pre-exiting diseases that may be causing your allergic to the sun response are:
There is a rare sun allergy condition that produces hives on sun-exposed skin within minutes of exposure. And the hives often fade quickly once you get out of the sun.
For relief treatment of sun caused skin rashes try:
- cool compress
- cortisone cream
- OTC antihistamine ~ diphenhydramine/chlorpheniramine
If you have a sun allergy, use sunscreens and wear UV protective clothing, for example Tuga. Or you can treat the clothes you have with a UV-absorbing agent, i.e. Rit Sun Guard laundry treatment. This includes your swimwear as well.
Also, polyester fabrics offer more protection than cotton, and fabric dyes increase protection quite a bit. Thus, colored polyester over white cotton while in the sun.
To ensure adequate production of vitamin D, 15 minutes/day of unblocked skin sun exposure is highly recommended. So in support of your health, and potentially avoid the most common form of sun allergy, get your swimsuit on and bask for only a “quickie 15″ daily.