Sun allergy: does it last a lifetime or can it be remedied?

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Sun allergy: does it last a lifetime or can it be remedied?

Summer is back. While many impatient jump on any opportunity to enjoy the good weather, others do not welcome the first rays of the sun with as much enthusiasm.

In question ? Allergy to the sun! Behind this expression lies different reactions: the allergy to the sun related to drugs and that related to a disease (lupus ...), which cause photosensitization, but also benign summer lucite.

Allergy to the sun: symptoms

Benign summer lucitis is the most common sun allergy. It usually appears in the first rays of the sun and disappears spontaneously over the exposure, but worsens from year to year.

This allergy comes back every year, with a peak between 25 and 35 years old. It is uncomfortable because it is manifested by small red pimples that appear on the areas exposed to the sun and itch very much.

It also exists in a more debilitating form, called polymorphic lucite. His particuliarity ? It lasts during the entire period of sunshine and is characterized by a stronger sensitivity to the sun.

As the name suggests, it manifests itself in several ways, through the appearance of papules, nodules, or reactions like urticaria spread over areas exposed to the sun. Polymorphic lucite requires medical management.

Summer lucite, a warning

Bengal summer lucite - just like polymorphic lucite! - must be considered as an alert: it is the sign that its sun capital is consumed or that one has a weak phototype. A good reason to consult a dermatologist, who can analyze the other elements of risk vis-à-vis the sun and in particular, perform a skin cancer screening.

Despite this warning, it is possible to take advantage of sunshine in case of benign summer lucite, provided you do not expose yourself to UV directly by protecting yourself with clothes and sunscreen.

Summer lucite: an allergy for life?

To relieve a lucite attack, a dermocorticoid cream can be helpful. And to prevent benign summer lucite from coming back, internal treatments may be needed, such as carotene-based dietary supplements to prepare the skin for the sun, or synthetic antimalarials.

Despite these treatments, which treat benign summer lucitis, sun allergy can not be cured.

Thanks to Dr. Marc Perrussel, dermatologist and member of the National Union of Dermatologists (SNDV).

Read also :

⋙ Summer lucite: how to avoid sun allergy?

⋙ Allergy to the sun: 6 actions to adopt in case of crisis to relieve themselves

⋙ Beware of allergy to the sun

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