I am sorry for your photosensitivity which must make life very difficult
Plaquenil is generally agreed to reduce photosensitivity a little, so that it is an extra help, but not so much that other precautions can be relaxed. In a very few people it can cause a photosensitive reaction, by a different sort of mechanism, which cancels out the protective element. The reduction in photosensitivity is not the main reason for taking Plaquenil and it is used for treating autoimmune connective tissue diseases and not as far as I know to treat any of the many other sorts of autoimmune diseases.
There is a plant which can help reduce photosensitivity too according to the excellent New Zealand DermNet site but I haven't heard of it being taken in North America or Europe. Of course many of the medicines we take for lupus increase photosensitivity including NSAIDs and the immunosuppressants not to mention hormonal intake and a number of plant medicines such as St John's Wort. There are also many plants foods that might increase it although information about
this is rather vague. It is said that one reason why the nightshade plants such as tomatoes and peppers should be avoided is that they increase photosensitivity. Mention has also been made of mangoes, celery and fennel increasing photosensitivity but I think that is mainly contact
Sorry this is not much help to you. Maybe you will find something if you google (photosensitive diseases) or (photosensitivity) There is a congenital condition but I forget the name. I reckon if there was any way of seriously reducing photosensitivity apart from avoidance, these people would have found it
Post Edited (BumbleBee1) : 11/12/2009 5:28:26 AM (GMT-7)