Although some evidence indicates a sun allergy can be inherited, the actual causes for sun allergies haven't yet been determined. I know it sounds strange, I mean who would ever think of being allergic to the sun?! Here is how you can prevent and treat the symptoms naturally.
One of the triggers for an allergic reaction to the sun seems to be any change in sun-exposed skin. What this means is that the chemical makeup of the skin has been altered and so when the sunlight interacts with your skin, a rash develops.
This can happen through illness, which changes the chemistry of the body, through exposure to chemicals or fragrances, or from ingesting medications or herbs that can increase sensitivity to the sun.
For example, a person with sensitive skin may experience a sun allergy rash reaction if she has applied sunscreen to her skin or has started a round of antibiotics or herbs. The body's immune system is triggered and the skin reacts.
Some people with sun sensitivity also have similar reactions to indoor fluorescent lighting.
The symptoms of sun allergies can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the allergic reaction. Most often, a person will develop a red rash on the back of the neck, the back of the hands, upper chest, the lower legs, and surface of the arms.
The rash is itchy and uncomfortable and seems to come out of nowhere. Sometimes bumps or scaly spots develop on the skin. At the far end of the spectrum, a person who is severely allergic can develop hives or large blisters on the skin not only in exposed areas, but under clothing too. Yikes!!
There are rare cases of an allergic reaction occurring after just a few minutes in the sun, but typically a reaction would be seen after about two hours of sun exposure.
Your physician will conduct tests to determine what type of sun allergies you may be experiencing. Sometimes, it's as simple as discontinuing use of a specific lotion or sunscreen. Natural treatment for this type of skin allergy begins with preventive measures.
Natural home remedies for sun allergies can bring relief, especially if your symptoms are mild. Please always remember to do a skin test FIRST, even before using natural home remedies.
Remember that even natural skin care remedies can provoke an allergic reaction, so always go slowly when trying anything new.
Climate can have quite an affect on sun allergies! Temperate climates can be the best for people with sun allergies because the skin doesn't seem to react all year round.
For those living in a tropical climate or those who live at a higher altitude where the sun is much closer and therefore more intense, it's possible that your symptoms could last year round.
Sun allergies can be a real concern when you are traveling, because a large portion of the world has a tropical climate, (which I absolutely love by the way!)
If you have a sun allergy you may have more difficulty traveling to more tropical locations, which include many Caribbean Islands, parts of South America such as Brazil and Peru, central Africa, India, and parts of Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
You may be able to create some reasonable accommodations for yourself if you are traveling in these beautifully sunny locations such as: