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Help I Am Allergic To The Sun

Aug 17, 2007
If you are allergic to the Sun then you have allergies type 4 also called cell-mediated or delayed allergies. This allergy type usually shows up on the back of the neck, outside surface of the arms, on the lower legs, and on the back of the hands. Why the immune system of some people is triggered to produce an allergic reaction to sunlight is unknown.

The allergic reaction usually consists of tiny blisters on the surface of the skin, a skin rash, or some other kind of skin eruption on the expose areas.

There are 4 common types of Sun allergies or Sun intolerance, Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), Actinic prurigo, Solar urtivaria, and Photoallergic eruption.

Polymorphous light eruption is the second most common skin problem related to exposure to sunlight after the common sunburn. It affects members of all races and ethnic background with an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population affected. Springtime is when dermatologists start to see this condition and as the season advance the occurrence usually decreases throughout the summer and fall months. It is believed that repeated exposure to the sum may cause the patient to be come less sensitive to the sunlight or the effects of tanning may help protect the skin from sunlight. The Polymorphous light eruption allergic reaction will reappear the following spring.

Actinic prurigo is an inherited form of PMLE. This disease usually effects several generations of the same family. It effects people of American Indian background and often begins in early childhood. The affect is usually more intense that in what is commonly associated with traditional PMLE.

Photoallergic eruption is an allergic reaction caused by the sunlight hitting chemicals that have been applied to the skin such as sunscreen, antibiotic ointments, cosmetics and perfumes. This reaction can also occur to someone who is taking antibiotic medications internally.

Solar urtivaria is extremely rare and is the only true form of an allergic to the sun reaction. It will produce hives or large itchy red patches on the sun-exposed areas of the skin usually within minutes of exposure. Young women are the most commonly affected group.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with treating the allergy symptoms such as Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Quercitin.

Vitamin E accelerates wound healing and aids in the functioning of the immune system. Vitamin E can be taken internally or applied as a lotion to the affected areas of the skin.

Aloe Vera will help rejuvenate and tone skin all over. A naturally cooling gel, the Aloe Vera botanical ingredients work together to stimulate the blood circulation and naturally soften the skin.

Quercitin is a well-known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing allergy symptoms.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
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David Cowley has created numerous articles on allergies. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to allergies and how to treat them. Click on Allergy Treatment
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