I have an allergy to the sun, the technical term is "polymorphous light eruption" aka PMLE or sun poisoning. I've had it since a baby. I'm 29 now. I have to wear high SPF broad spectrum sunblock if I go outside for more than a few minutes. So I generally avoid going outside most days in the spring, summer and fall. I don't tend to have any issue in winter though most of the time I'm covered up in a coat or at least a thick sweater... soooo yeah. I get major red hives all over my earms and hands (not palms), my neck, sometimes face, my ears, at times my legs though it's not as common there. And yes it feels very itchy and pinchy, if i bump my hives it hurts like HELL. It takes about a week or more to go away completely if I avoid the sun completely. If I go back out in the sun without adequate protection (high SPF -50 or higher) and I still have the hives they get infinitely worse! Oh man I hate it. The pain is what keeps me from going outside. Just knowing how painful and itchy it is prevents me from going outside. I do go to doctor appointments, etc but not just to drive around or to hang out at the park or something. Nope. Sun block is expensive (the good stuff) and we are on a limited budget, so that is out of the question to use a lot of it. You could see a dermatologist about it. They would recommend light therapy which gradually increases the UV your body can handle. But you have to do it every spring. Your body resets itself during winter. Personally I've never tried it since I am super sensitive and don't want the hassle and expensive of doing it. So my advice, use a good layer of SPF 50 broad spectrum sun block 15 to 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun on all exposed areas (arms, legs, feet, face, neck, etc). Yes it's a pain and it's expensive but it's an allergy and you can't get rid of it. I hope you google search PMLE and try to get more info on it. Oh and looking at pics online of patients with it, everybody's rash looks different from anyone elses. So don't feel discouraged if your rash doesn't look like any of the pics you see, that's okay. If you know it's from the sun, then it's a sun allergy. View Thread
I do as well apparently. I had no idea I did until my mom told me out of the blue. I also at least one time was napping on the couch and apparently I was lifting my arm up toward the ceiling and grabbing bubbles that were floating up in the air (in my dream) yet my arm actually was moving up and trying to grab the bubbles... Mom asked me what i was doing and in my sleep i told her that I was catching bubbles. hahahahaha!! That really disturbed me for a few days knowing that I talk and laugh and giggle and move around in my sleep so much. I sometimes have very sexual dreams and sometimes those dreams are when i take naps on the couch. I would hate for my parents to see me doing something inappropriate or acting out the dream... That is what really freaks me out. But so far nobody has said anything about any possibly weird things I do in my sleep other than that one time of catching bubbles and laughing/giggling.View Thread
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