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janewhite1 08-14-2012 06:56 PM

Re: Facial Rash... sun induced or sunblock allergy?
 
Probably the easiest way to check for sunblock allergy is to "patch test" it. Rub it into a small area of rash free skin, and see what happens.

Me, I can't use any sunblock at all anymore, so I have a very nice HAT with a very large brim.

dmbnj 08-14-2012 07:05 PM

Facial Rash... sun induced or sunblock allergy?
 
When I am out in the sun I get an itchy rash on my forearms the next day I get a slightly raised hive like rash on my face. I always use sunblock but the current rash was after sunblock and minimal sun exposure. My ANA was negative (1/40), as were other lupus indicators. at my last test but my Anti-Ro SSA was positive. I have been diagnosed with discoid/cutaneous lupus on the scalp x7 years. I also have autoimmune thyroid disease. After sun exposure I'm totally wiped out, like I could sleep for a week, not that w/o it I am energetic. I have been blaming thyroid levels on the constant fatigue that I have been experiencing for the past 9 months.

I'm not sure if it's an allergy to the sunblock or a Lupus flare that is just not caught by blood tests taken at the right time. It's very frustrating.

dmbnj 08-14-2012 07:34 PM

Re: Facial Rash... sun induced or sunblock allergy?
 
[QUOTE=janewhite1;5039931]Probably the easiest way to check for sunblock allergy is to "patch test" it. Rub it into a small area of rash free skin, and see what happens.

Me, I can't use any sunblock at all anymore, so I have a very nice HAT with a very large brim.[/QUOTE]

Good point. I put the same sunblock on the rest of my body but only got the itchy rash on my forearms and face. Not sure what this says,

ladybud 08-14-2012 08:23 PM

Re: Facial Rash... sun induced or sunblock allergy?
 
It is most likely from the lupus, since sun exposure also makes you feel wiped out for a week after. The patch test is a good idea. Some sunscreens with PABA are allergenic for some people, but if you got the rash on areas where you didn't apply sunscreen, then it is a photosensitivity reaction. An ANA of 1:40 is positive, but considered borderline pos by many. It can still be meaningful given the symptoms that go with it.


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