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Old 07-15-2003, 06:23 AM   #1
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Cool Sun Rash

I'm off to the Carribean in a couple of weeks and need some advice. I get a terrible sun rash with exposure to direct sun. It's very red and bumpy and itches/pinches like crazy. Last year I used Water Babies #45 to absolutely no avail. This year, I'm armed with Ombrelle #30 and my doctor is recommending a cortisone shot before I go and an antihistamine while I'm there. I'm a little nervous about the cortisone shot, but don't want to suffer like I did last year. I'm not a lay in the sun for a tan kind of person. I just want to sit by the pool in the shade and watch my little girl swim and then get in the pool and have some fun with her. Any advice?

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Old 07-15-2003, 12:30 PM   #2
Diva Ree
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Do you take medications that cause photosensitivity to the sun? Even Alieve, Advil, Motrin, Benedryl, etc., can cause reactions that to some, are exactly as you described.

Some people seem to notice the itching when they perspire in direct sunlight. Sounds strange, but it seems to be somewhat common. I think this is related to heat rash.

What about an allergy to an ingredient you are putting on your skin while you are in the sun? Bergamot is one thing that can cause photosensitivity...and there are many more...I think Vanilla is one.

Are you possibly overdoing it when you are outside and you are almost to the point of sun poisioning?

Good luck!

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