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Sun sensitivity?

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  • Posted By: lipslikesugar
  • September 15, 2008
  • 04:31 AM

I for the last 5 years (at least) have had skin reactions to the sun. It seems it has gotten worse over the last couple years. I go out in the sun only for a few minutes and I end up with an outbreak within an hour. These outbreaks are primarily on my arms. However I have gotten a bad reaction on my chest while laying out in the pool. They're small raised bumps that will itch and dry up then go away. I have noticed that my cheeks are usually red and blotchy most days.

I went to the doctor when I was sick and I showed him my arms, he just said eczema and prescribed me some ointment. But is it just eczema? Or could it possibly be something else? My mother seems to think I'm just extremely sensitive to the sun and it could be caused by birth control pills. (She is NOT a doctor;)). I was out in the pool with my sister and got a really really nasty outbreak, we think it was a reaction to the sunblock I used. It was a bright red rash that I thought was going to scar, eventually it faded away. I obviously didn't feel well after that, which made her think I got sun poisoning. Again...no one in my family are doctors. It's just frustruating...and I feel like people wonder what is up with all these bumps.

Any insight would be appreciated. Maybe I should just buck up and get to a doctor who specializes in this area?

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  • I had the same reaction years ago whilst on holidays, I broke out in a rash and it was due to the sun block I was using,I can remember the particular ingredient, but if you ask the Pharmacist, he/she may be able to help you. Hope you get some answers.:)
    mimcorr 7 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 00:31 PM
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  • Thank you.:) Actually I have a nasty outbreak right now, I went on a walk Sunday morning and well, they appeared shortly after. They look like little pimples...all clustered together. I don't normally put on sunblock (I know, shame shame) unless I'm going to be out in the sun for a period of time...this was a random let's get up and go on a walk deal. I'm thinking it's a good idea to just go to a dermatologist and get checked out. I was thinking it had something to do with my pores and I'm not able to sweat...but this happens in cold months as well, when I'm not warm enough to sweat. As soon as I get around to getting into a doctor I will post more.
    lipslikesugar 2 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 03:01 AM
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  • Did this start after you started birth control pills? That was my first thought too...
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 03:33 PM
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  • I'm 30 years young;). I've been on the pill since I was 18. I'd say it started when I was around 25, 26. I take Trivora and have been for the last 3 years steady.
    lipslikesugar 2 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 08:24 PM
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  • Your BCP use, then, seems against being the cause of your sun sensitivity. Thanks for the info.Yes, seeing a dermatologist makes good sense. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 03:51 AM
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    boranco 2 Replies
    • September 19, 2008
    • 01:34 PM
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