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Old 11-15-2004, 08:34 PM   #1
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UV ray allergy

I was recently diagnosed by my dermatologist with some really long named condition which is basically a UV ray allergy. I noticed during vacations & going to the tanning salon I would break out in painful hives. I mean they felt like needle like deep pain in my legs, arms & chest. Nothing would relieve it either, even the most potent steroid creams & tons of cetaphil lotion & long showers would do nothing. It would wake me up at nite how deep & painful the itch is. I thought for a while it was an allergy to chlorine, but it turns out UV rays *sigh* as I am a sun worshipper. Now this has come close to ruining 2 vacations now & i'm leaving for another sun filled spot next week. What can I do to prevent this? I'm on antihistamines & not sure what else to do. Anyone experience this? Anyone know what to do?

 
Old 11-15-2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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Re: UV ray allergy

Are your antihistamines working well? If you are taking them daily and they help reduce or totally stop the breakouts when you are under the sun, then that's good. Put on lots of sunblock lotion everyday and especially when you are under the sun alot. Steroid creams are not advisable to be use long term; I used them before and it was only a few times and my skin were tearing badly! Cromolyn cream can be made from cromolyn preparations (Gastrocrom, Nasalcrom...) and it is a mast cell stabilizer. It helps the itching and you can sleep better.

You said that you take long showers but if it is hot/warm showers, it would be a big no-no! Heat is a mast cell degranulator which means it just makes the hives worse and breakout more. Bathing in cooling water will help sometimes. Wear a hat to shade your face from the sun rays and long sleeves for your limbs(though it can be ridiculous to wear that in the warm weather!).

 
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:54 PM   #3
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Re: UV ray allergy

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Are your antihistamines working well? If you are taking them daily and they help reduce or totally stop the breakouts when you are under the sun, then that's good. Put on lots of sunblock lotion everyday and especially when you are under the sun alot. Steroid creams are not advisable to be use long term; I used them before and it was only a few times and my skin were tearing badly! Cromolyn cream can be made from cromolyn preparations (Gastrocrom, Nasalcrom...) and it is a mast cell stabilizer. It helps the itching and you can sleep better.

You said that you take long showers but if it is hot/warm showers, it would be a big no-no! Heat is a mast cell degranulator which means it just makes the hives worse and breakout more. Bathing in cooling water will help sometimes. Wear a hat to shade your face from the sun rays and long sleeves for your limbs(though it can be ridiculous to wear that in the warm weather!).
My antihistamines are alright, I take them daily & they do not do much for this, I usually have to double up at nite when this happens to sleep. Steroid creams- LOL i've been using these since I was the day I was born pretty much, I have all kinds & all brands & potencies at home. I have a high tolerance for steroid creams & they already have stunted my growth(I am living proof in a baby they will stunt growth). So it is not really that big of a deal for me anymore- cromolyn is interesting, will try that. I have been looking into taking it in conjunction with Flonase as sometimes I just need a little more help than Flonase & sudafed. thanks for the idea

 
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