It is a great time to be outside but be forewarned – many prescription medicines can cause photosensitivity. Photosensitivity (or sun sensitivity) is inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of sunlight and certain medications or substances. This causes redness of the skin and may look similar to sunburn. Both the photosensitizing medication or chemical and light source have to be present in order for a photosensitivity reaction to occur.
Sunburn and sun poisoning facts:
- Sunburn is an inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun.
- UV radiation damages the skin and also can damage the eyes.
- UV rays are most intense at noon and the hours immediately before and after (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
- Immediate symptoms of sunburn are
- hot, red, tender skin;
- pain when the skin is touched or rubbed; and
- several days after exposure the skin may, swell, blister, peel, and itch.
- Most sunburns are mild and can provide relief and be treated home remedies such as
- applying damp cloths or compresses to reduce the pain,
- soaking in a tepid bath (with no soap),
- gently patting the skin dry,
- applying soothing creams or lotions,
- using OTC pain relievers such as Tylenol or others, and
- moisturizing the skin.
- Sunburn may cause permanent skin damage and skin cancer(malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma).
- UVB as well as UVA rays may cause damage to skin. UV rays may bounce off water, sand, snow, and other surfaces causing sunburn.
Confused about the best way to avoid a sunburn?
Young’s Pharmacy and General Store pharmacists are here to help! Not only can they tell you what medications interact poorly with the sun but they also carry many sunscreens and sun protections for your whole family!
Visit them today at 1636 Burden Lake Road in Averill Park or call 674-3663.