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Old 06-23-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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Sun Allergy!?
My son was just diagnosed by our family doctor with what she thinks is a sun allergy (major itchy rash over torso and face). She is sending us to a dermatologist to be sure, but it is going to be quite a while before we can get in. I had never heard of this and as we live in Texas it sounds like this is going to be a big problem. Has anyone heard of this and if you have, any suggestions?

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Old 06-23-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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Yup. I got a rash/hives twice, both times when I was in Hawaii where the sun is strong and hot.

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Old 06-23-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
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Yes, its true. You can become allergic to the sun, but I've heard that kids can grow out of it after a while. I will keep my fingers crossed and send good thoughts for you and your son. I'm sure that when you get in to see an allergist he can give you some tips to help prevent the rash.

BTW - I have the opposite problem. I am allergic to the cold! Yep, I couldn't believe it either, but I always break out in awful hives once the temperature went down on hiking trips. I finally found out that it is an allergic reaction to cold. Well, I'm not letting it stop me from going outside. I just have to take preemptive measures to limit its occurrence, including putting on my puffy down pants long before I think i need them
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I think I had it happen to me after a trip to Florida. The itching didn't start until I was home for about a week. The only thing that helped was to shake cornstarch on my bed and roll in it.(I was itching from the top of my head to the soles of my feet) TG it never happened again.
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What a great idea about the cornstarch. I'll have to try it tonight when he goes to bed. Poor thing, he was up half the night itching!
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I get it occasionally but I don't venture into the daylight much if I can help it, I'm too fair. I always go out after 4pm. I can't stand that itchy/burning rash, it's miserable. I haven't found anything that helps, I hope your son gets over it soon.
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May I ask if the rash appeared after applying sunscreen? I'm allergic to the ingredients in sunscreen (corn, soy, and gluten derivatives), which made my skin break out in an angry red rash that made it appear I was allergic to the sun.
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The first time he broke out in the rash we thought it was sunscreen. We have now tried sunscreens for sensitive skins and have watched the ingredients. He has also had the rash when there was no sunscreen used. I guess he is going to have to be one of those people who goes out only in the morning and evenings, or wears long sleeves all the time.
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Yep its true. I developed a sun allergy when I was a nanny and we were spending 4 days a week at the pool and I was shocked as I am naturally tanned!!! and I was wearing spf 30 everyday. The dermatologist gave me medication to put on the rash. I did get some permanent discoloration on my back where the rash was the worse but not anywhere else. good luck!! it does go away on its own. It may flare up every once in a while if he is ill and was on anitibotics.
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