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Sun allergy??

Hello everyone I’m 44 and never had issues in the sun my whole life until the last 6 weeks or so. Every time i expose my skin to the sun (nothing above 16-17 degrees at the moment living in the UK) my skin is going red with or without sunscreen within minutes, if I take myself back inside it disappears. It concerns me as I am going abroad in a few weeks with my husband and 6 year old and not sure how I am going to manage it? I do have allergies like hay fever (take prescribed antihistamines)and asthma, my body just seems hyper sensitive. I do suffer from anxiety also so quite often feeling uptight and tense!! Is it worth a doctor visit? I’ve had a rough year and really need to relax on this holiday!! Can anyone advise?? Thanks

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I would suggest GP visit and look for a sunscreen for Sun phobic treatment. Same thing happened to me about 10 years ago and I have had to stop 'hot' holidays.

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Hi thanks for responding was just so weird how it’s started, I’ve never had problems in the sun. I will call my GP I’ve taken pictures of my skin it’s just like a burn then goes when I go back inside?

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Does it look like a lace-like rash and then disappears?

Are you hypermobile?

Are there any signs of mold or water damage in your home or workplace?

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Hi it disappears when I go inside out of the suns rays?? No mold or water damage that I can see? And no not hyper mobile. Just don’t know where it’s come from when 2 months ago was fine in the sun!

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That's good that you don't have hypermobility and hopefully no mold. If it's a lace like pattern that is a mast cell reaction, hence my questions. Are you allergic to anything else that could be increasing your histamine levels and therefore making you symptomatic?

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Hi I have a lot of allergies related to hay fever and rhinitis and asthma and suffering terribly from anxiety atm. Maybe my body is just not happy with me! I am going to call docs tomorrow when my doctor is working! Thanks for responding

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Interesting. You still describe mast cell reactions, anxiety is a part of that when the innate immune system is triggered. Just be one million percent certain there's not a hidden leak, or lose roof tile, something that's letting in a slow leak may not show any visual signs, but does regularly cause health issues like you're describing. That's why I recognise it. Best wishes xx

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Not to be alarmist but there are autoimmune diseases that can trigger facial rashes, Lupus being the most obvious one. Also Rosacea commonly causes flushing in sun. Have you seen your GP about this yet?

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Hi it’s not on my face it’s parts of my body that have been covered, so legs, tops of arms, chest, ears if my hair is up? It’s really odd. My forearms and tops of feet are more weathered and are not reacting. My doctor said because it’s not itchy or hives it cannot be solar urticaria and has written to dermatology however unlikely to get an answer within 3 weeks when I go on holiday! Really excited to go on holiday but not gonna be much fun worrying if I am going to react? I need to get some sun intolerant sun cream and she gave me fexofenadine 180mg. I am a total hypochondriac so have done a lot of research myself online whether that’s good or not and I don’t have any other symptoms of lupus?

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Good - I hope your holiday is lovely and please stop worrying!

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