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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Does being on Prednisone make you more liekly to get sunburn? I am going to the dominican republic next week and someone said that to me today. I have lot so sunscreen already packed !
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 20mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ... ! Had second Remicade infusion to help treat the PG, 1 more to go.  

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   Posted 4/8/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
YES! You will be photosensitive and you will not get just a regular sunburn. It feels more like a chemical burn (not that I've ever had one of those), but it really stings and still hurts even after the redness is gone. My advice to you - put on TONS of sunblock - 50+ But have fun in the D.R.!!!

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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I confess to being a tanning person. The only Crohn's drug I've seen on their list (or noticed as making more sensitive) is Cipro. I've been on steroids for 7 out of the last 9 months and never had an issue tanning except with the Cipro. Here's a link with a list of sun-sensitive meds:

Just noticed MTX on the list...

--39 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl

Post Edited (sr5599) : 4/8/2008 10:43:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/10/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
While on prednisone, I always freckled terribly on my face and burned easier. But I did enjoy the Dominican with some strong sun screen. I like the blue lizard stuff--sold in CVS. The resort we went to had plenty of shaded areas and umbrellas. Stayed hydrated--the air is warm and the food may be salty. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa

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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots of sunblock and enjoy that trip! Sounds wonderful!!!! Enjoy and good health to you.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I had to curb my love for the sun this past summer due to Pred was out fishing on a hazy day and got burnt badly

Lotsa sunsceen and really try to enjoy your trip

Hoping to hear how it goes when you get back

  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Anxiety/ Panic and Other Disorders
Moderator @ Anxiety Panic..Alzheimer's..Co mod @ Crohns

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