Many Lupus patients find they are sensitive to sunlight and many artificial lights, especially fluorescent lights. Reactions range from minor redness to more significant rashes that sometimes mimic sunburns. Even minor rashes can be accompanied by fatigue, again ranging from minor to severe.
Personally, I have more reactions to the huge banks of florescent lights in big box stores such as Walmart than I do with the sun. Within minutes I am flushed, exhausted, warm and cranky no matter how healthy I feel before entering! The facial flushing stays longer if I am in the store longer! Generally it's a smooth pink/red across face and neck.
Sunlight is more apt to find me in short sleeve shirts & shorts - I am very fair skinned anyway and have never tanned - I just burn then turn back to white. Since Lupus, I have a constant red rash on my arms & legs. It is very spotty and, at my age, blends in with age spots, etc, so unless you are looking for it you might not notice.
I would guess that both of you are experiencing mild skin reactions to lights. It doesn't necessarily mean you need to do anything about
it, but I would avoid stressing your system with unnecessary light exposure, especially if you are doing other things that aggravate your particular Lupus manifestation. Everything adds up, and you don't want something as simple as sunscreen or a shade over a fluorescent light to push you over into a huge flare.
Several of our members use special sun-protected clothing, or there is also a product you put in the wash with your clothes that turns them sun-resistant. Hats & umbrellas are useful. I have tinted windows on my car, and I definitely notice a difference when traveling in a non-tinted-window car. I recently found out that if you have a strong reaction in your car you can, with Drs orders, get darker tinting than is usually legal!
Y'all be safe out there!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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