HOW TO PREVENT SUN ALLERGY ?
If this summer your skin becomes covered with red patches and small itchy pimples, you have lucite. Do not panic, if this allergy to the sun affects about 30% of young women, it is possible to prevent it. The point to avoid it with Dr. Christiane Boulitrop, dermatologist.
Solar allergy: an update on drug treatments
A solar allergy is usually renewed every year after the first attack, it is better to prevent it with a treatment, which gives good results in 60% of cases.
Taking dietary supplements
Not just any of them ! Make sure that sun capsules are high in beta-carotene, which is not always the case for common products, intended for people without allergies. Dermatologists advise Oxelio, to start fifteen days before exposure (at the rate of 3 capsules per day) and to continue during the exposure time (2 capsules per day). In case this treatment is not enough, ask your doctor for a prescription of antihistamines and cortisone ointment.
Taking synthetic antimalarials
As a supplement, it is possible to take synthetic antimalarials (on prescription), but they sometimes have side effects (headache, nausea) and can not be prescribed before and during pregnancy.
If betacarotenes and antimalarials are not enough, one can switch, first, to phototherapy, then, in a second time, to puvatherapy. These are treatments that are practiced in a dermatology office.
Phototherapy TL01 involves exposure to UVB lamps designed for this treatment. We start with a few minutes, to accustom the skin. The exposure time is increased gradually, but never more than ten minutes. Schedule a dozen sessions over a month.
Puvatherapy starts from the same principle. But we expose ourselves to UVA and take psoralen tablets, which facilitates pigmentation and photosensitization. Also plan a dozen sessions over a month. This method is effective in almost 100% of cases. Again, it is only practiced in a medical setting. These treatments have the advantage of giving a nice color to the skin.
WHERE DOES SUMMER LUCITE COME FROM ?
It is a solar allergy that can be triggered after years spent basking without problems. The cause ? It is not known very well, but, often, it appears as a result of sunburn taken the summer before. It may also be due to exposure without sun protection to the first rays of spring.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SUMMER LUCITE?
It usually starts after one or two days of sun exposure, most often at the beach. But a lunch in the sun on an exposed terrace can also end with a summer lucite. Symptoms ? Rashes (small pinkish pimples), red patches and itching. Where ? It usually settles on areas not exposed to the sun such as the neckline, shoulders, arms or legs. Never on the face.
SUMMER LUCITE IS HERE, HOW TO TREAT IT ?
The first thing to do is to avoid exposing yourself for a few days. Put a total screen, even if you do not expose yourself. In general, lucite disappears spontaneously. Since itching is very unpleasant, it is advisable to consult a doctor, who will prescribe antihistamines and ointment based on corticosteroids. What if there are little pimples left ? They disappear after a fortnight.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM UV
Esthederm Laboratores have developed a product that adapts to the sensitivity of the skin, “UC CELLIUM”, and a 100% mineral treatment that adapts to the power of sunlight,”Complexe Mineral Sun Ultimate”. And, for skin intolerant to the sun, a “sun forbidden” screen treatment.