sunblock even when indoors!???

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lucysgd
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on the Lupus Foundation site the other day, reading an "online chat" from last May with a rheumatology expert, focusing on questions by the newly diagnosed.  A question was posed about sunblock and he advised across the board sunblock to be worn every day all year, indoors or out.  I know I've had trouble with flourescent lighting....but never thought about sunblock actually preventing that.  In fact, I just bought some face moisturizer without sunblock to use during the winter (not much sun, don't go out much).  I guess I was thinking the lighting had more to do with eye absorption. 
 
At any rate - have you all heard this before, or am I just slow confused    And do you have any suggestions/preferences for moisturizers with sunblock?  I tried Burt's Bees and Eucerin face lotions w/ sunblock and my skin just didn't seem to absorb either one.  Thanks - Lucy
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hippimom2
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read about people with lupus wearing sunblock indoors, especially if they are exposed to fourescent lighting, but I think you would need to make sure it covers both UVA & UVB rays. I haven't worn it inside myself though, so I don't know how much it would help. I have also learned that it can help to use sunblock in the car if you are going to be traveling any distance. I use Banana Boat for kids an it absorbs pretty well.
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Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucy,

I'm with you; I hadn't heard of this and really hadn't thought too much about it. Now being out on short-term disability I 'm curious because my entire office building is lit by fluorescent lights, I'm wondering if I would feel any better at work if I wore sun block.

That being said, in the summer I wear Neutrogena sun block. It absorbs really well. I also use Olay daily moisturizer, which has sun block as well.

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
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Butterflake
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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy. If the fluoresent lighting has a plastic cover over it, you don't need sunblock and most have a cover. Sunlight effects many lupies by being absorbed thru the skin. Like Melissa, I wear Neutrogena that protects from UVA and UVB rays. I hope this helps. Love, Butterflake 

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lucysgd
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   

  Hippi and Butterflake - thanks for reminding about blocking both UVA and UVB.   Melissa - there are others here who have trouble with the flourescent lighting causing symptoms.  I just never made the connection to wearing sunblock to counteract that - assuming  that it was eye absorption, not skin absorption that was the problem.  (I'm the odd duck sitting in the waiting room or shopping in a Target store wearing heavy sunglasses ;-)    And really, if a cover over the fluourescent lights takes care of the problem....I still don't get the need to wear sunblock inside all the time!?  Maybe that has more to do with light from windows?

Here is the section of the transcript I'm referring to:

Over time, most patients with lupus learn what their symptoms of lupus are. As far as sun exposure, lupus is made more active by exposure to ultraviolet light. The sun is the major source of ultraviolet light but it also comes from indoor lights as well. Lupus experts recommend that all patients wear sunscreen every day, even if they don’t go outside and even if it is winter and even if it is storming outside (ultraviolet light still comes through the clouds). On sunny days, it is best to reapply it 2-3 times a day. Other measures such as wearing a wide brimmed hat, or wearing special ultraviolet reflective clothes can also be helpful. You should also avoid as much as possible being outside too much on sunny days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, it is best not to be around water on sunny days except in the mornings or late afternoon/evening. Although you may feel better when you are out in the sun, you are really taking a risk of causing your lupus to flare up from this activity.


 

With some patients, they will get a rash from ultraviolet light exposure, but many patients do not. The light exposure can also cause lupus to cause inflammation of the internal organs such as causing kidney disease, pleurisy, and other problems. Unfortunately, folks who really love the sun find this to be a difficult life style change once they are diagnosed with lupus. But, it is as important for the lupus patient to avoid the ultraviolet light exposure as it is for someone with heart disease to stop smoking (for example).

Thanks for the recs on the sunblocks.  I like Neutrogena products and I've been using Olay, which I also like - just without the sunblock.  The Eucerin w/ sunblock was just really hard to work in. - Lucy


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998;  UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn
 
 


BigBry
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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been wearing sunblock year round at work for years. I would have problems with the welding going on near by or bright spot lights. I have very sensitive skin. I had no idea the ultraviolet light was had these effects.

I use a sunblock lotion for outdoor workers that has aloe it's great. I'll try to find out the name for you.

Bryan
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lucysgd
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   Posted 1/17/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Bryan! - I would love to have the name - and I bet there are others on here who would find it helpful as well.  I am truly surprised that the everyday/normal type of UVA/UVB emissions can be such a "culprit".  I also have very sensitive skin.

Lucy


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998;  UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn
 
 


BigBry
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry it took so long but i haven't been at work so i had to call and ask what it was called. The sunblock is "DEB Deflect Professional Sunscreen SPF 33" by DEB Canada Waterford Ontario Canada N0E 1Y0. It has vitamins A, D, E and Aloe Vera moisturizers. It is made in the USA.
It's available in Canada at Acklands-Grainger.

Page 1043 of catalogue

Stock # DEB171
SUNSCREEN DEFLECT SPF33 1.5 L CART $114.33

Stock # DEB177
SUNSCREEN DEFLECT SPF33 30 ML TUBE $4.52

Stock # DEB178
SUNSCREEN DEFLECT SPF33 140ML TUBE $14.08
DX: IBS 00, +ANA 05, Depression 06, MCTD & Sjogren's 07, GER 08  
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Prednisone 10mg, Celebrex 200mg, Effexor 150mg, Nexium 40mg, Metoclop 10mg and numerous other supplements 
Life is what you make of it.  Just something I try to remind myself every day.


lucysgd
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks so much - great info!  I'll be looking for it.

Lucy


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998;  UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: Plaquenil, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn
 
 

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