A sun allergy rash isn’t as common as other allergies, but can develop if you have a sensitivity to sun or the heat. A sun allergy rash is usually just a minor annoyance, but for someone really sensitive it can develop into blistering hives that might spread to areas that weren’t exposed directly to the sun.
A sun rash can be welts covering a certain area or might form a ring around your arms or legs. It might start out looking innocent enough but sometimes develops into something more. It seems children and babies are most vulnerable, so you may want to monitor how much sun your child is exposed to until you know for certain if they have a sun allergy or not.
Sun Stroke Can Affect Anyone
If you are going to be outdoors all day, it’s advisable to get hats for everyone. This will help avoid sun stroke. If you’ve been in the sun all day and feel over-tired that is a symptom of sun stroke. Some call it “sun drunk” because it can affect your balance and even slow your thinking ability while you recover, which is Usually 30 minutes or so. A short nap usually does the trick.
Four Variations of Sun Allergy Rash
The first two are polymorphous light eruption (PMLE) and actinic prurigo (hereditary PMLE). PMLE is the most common sun allergy and produces an itchy rash. Hereditary PMLE is only found in Native Americans and has similar symptoms.
The third is photo allergic eruption. Sometimes this condition takes time to develop and is caused by chemical reactions between the sun and some product you’ve used. This could be sunscreen, makeup, or possibly medication. If you suspect medication, talk to your Pharmacist or Doctor.
The fourth is Solar urticaria. Although this is the rarest sun allergy it’s not uncommon. It generally affects women and produces hives or itchy red bumps.
Solutions To Sun Allergies
It is recommended you use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater. If you’re really sensitive, it’s better to use SPF 45 or greater. If it’s your child in question make an effort to re-apply sunscreen every couple hours of so, especially if they’re getting wet. You might even consider an SPF rated lip balm. Be sure to wear hats, and if your child is getting extra quiet they might need a rest, sun stroke creeps up on you quietly.
Another preventative measure is Mangosteen juice. Look for the whole fruit puree that contains the ground up pericarp (the rind of the fruit). The mangosteen contains a specialized category of nutrients called Xanthones which help boost the immune system, creating a better allergy response. There is a wide variety of supporting nutrients in this fruit and has been used for centuries in Asian cultures. It is helpful for many skin conditions, and if you’re familiar with South-East Asia you would know how hot and bright the sun can be there.