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Hiya Blessed,

I am not a medical doctor, but only give out information that I have researched and obtained from having SLE for over 30 years.

I don't think we have spoken before. Just a litle info on a topic that I do seem to post a lot he he !! With the time scale you give, it is normally the time of year for sunshine so the information just might be of use to you. If the rash is not a definite lupus diagnosed symptom, then look into PLE - Polymorphic Light Eruption. Here is a little information on it.

What is polymorphic light eruption?

Polymorphic light eruption (PLE), otherwise termed polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), is a skin complaint caused by sunlight.

Typically, those affected by it will have been exposed to the sun for two to three days while on holiday, although the complaint does occur between the spring and autumn months in the UK, and sometimes as little as 15 minutes' exposure to sunshine can induce the condition. It can even be brought on by sunlight penetrating through a window or thin clothing.

A delayed-onset, spotty, itchy eruption appears on the skin, and may take between 5 to 10 days to clear.

The rash usually consists of small red spots or blisters and can appear on any part of the body that has been exposed to sunshine, although commonly the face and the backs of the hands will be spared. It tends to heal without scarring.

Who suffers from PLE?

About 10 to 20 per cent of the northern European population is affected by PLE, which is more common in females than in males.

The condition can affect all ethnic groups, and research suggests that 20 per cent of patients have a family history of the complaint. Those suffering from PLE usually do so by the age of 30.

Is it the same as prickly heat?

No, prickly heat, which occurs during warm weather, generally affects the trunk (ie, not the head, neck or limbs) and is related to overheating, particularly in areas where there is friction due to clothing.

What is the cause of PLE?

This is not completely understood. It's thought by some experts that PLE may be an allergic reaction following the interaction of sunlight with proteins in the skin.

I agreee totally with what Barbara has said. Please, please keep out of the sun if at all possisble, if not make sure you are really well covered. Loose, open weave clothing if possible and wear a hat. Always make sure the back of your neck is covered, this is one of the worst places to get a burn. Even wearing this type of clothing, you must also use the highest sun block strength you can get. It is all so worth it in the end.

Another thing is that lots of people don't even consider that they might get skin cancer. This happened to a young family member of mine, and it was heartbreaking, so I always try to get the message across to non lupus patients too.

Hope this is of interest to you.

Take care

goldenwings :angel:





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