This is something I really feel strngly about. I am a lupus patient who cannot go out into the sun. Even the heat in the air is horrid for me. The sun though is an absolute no-no. If ever I need to get from A to B when the sun is out I wear loosely woven long sleeved cotton tops, trousers or a long skirt and have my head covered with a wide brimmed hat. Also I make sure the back of my neck is covered. Plyus lashing of sunblock. I got burnt many years ago on my neck, and had the biggest blister you can imagine and was so ill for a very long time. If ever I go on vacation, it is at the beginning or the end of the year when the weather is cooler and the sun is not so hot and dangerous for me. I still take all of the precuations though. Mind those clouds too, the sun can still penetrate them even if we don't actually see it.
This explains it quite clearly I think:-
UV light damages cells in the skin (keratinocytes) causing them to die. In healthy people without lupus, these dead cells are cleared away quickly and any inflammation caused by the sun-induced skin damage is short-lived (sunburn). However in lupus patients, the skin cells may be more sensitive to sun-induced damage and there is increasing evidence that the dying (apoptotic) cells are not cleared away efficiently. As a result the contents of the dying cells may be released and cause inflammation.
Not all lupus patients are affected by the sun but those of us who are have learned the lesson hard I think. Also the risk of cancer is always present.
One other thing about UV rays is that fluorescent lighting gives off these as well. So if anytime you feel unwell shopping in some supermarkets, or even working under these lights, this is the most likely cause. Again thought, they don't affect everyone like this. Do your eyes ever feel as though you need to squinty them up ? Could be the lights.
If you do have to work under these lights, and they don't have a special lens, you can ask your employer to have them fitted. Thing is though you do really need to wear sunscreen when out shopping in these large stores or working under these lights. A lot of moisturisers now contain a sunscreen, so it is worth looking into if you are affected.
Sorry this is so long, but is is something I am passionate about - you never would have guessed would you hee hee ??
Please take care.
Post Edited (goldenwings) : 4/28/2007 9:32:17 AM (GMT-6)