Sun Allergy

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What is sun allergy and photosensitivity?

Sun allergy (Photosensitivity) occurs when skin is hypersensitive to UV radiation emitted by sunlight. It is often used to describe a number of conditions where an itchy red skin rash appears after sun exposure. Photosensitivity can also spread to areas of the skin not exposed to sun light and may take a few days to appear.

What are the symptoms of a sun allergy?

Both UVA and UVB can cause sun allergies resulting in:

  • skin redness
  • itching (prickly heat)
  • inflammation
  • fluid retention
  • hives
  • blisters

Is there a sun cream I can use for a sun allergy?

The new Sun Allergy Prevention Spray has a high SPF of 30 and creates a barrier against UVA and UVB on the skin to prevent sun blisters and sun allergies such as prickly heat. The spray is easy to apply and is suitable for use by both children and adults.

The Ultra Sensitive Solero range has been specifically formulated for those with sensitive skin. The simple, fragrance free formulation is designed to cause the least possible skin irritation and is suitable for people with eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Prickly heat is an allergic reaction to hot temperatures which is often caused by prolonged heat and sun exposure. People experiencing prickly heat often get an itchy rash formed of small, raised red bumps that cause a stinging sensation on the skin.

Sun or heat stroke occurs after prolonged exposure to the sun without preventive suncare measures such as an appropriate SPF, reapplying sun cream or drinking enough water. It is a potentially dangerous condition which has symptoms such as:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • dehydration
  • excessive sweating
  • cramps in the arms and legs
  • temperature of 38C or above
  • Sun or heat stroke occurs after prolonged exposure to the sun without preventive suncare measures such as an appropriate SPF, reapplying sun cream or drinking enough water. It is a potentially dangerous condition which has symptoms such as:

  • drink plenty of water and cold drinks
  • wear loose, light coloured clothing
  • take cool showers or baths
  • avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • avoid excess alcohol