I def. know what you are talking about! I started noticing my rash while at the lakes here in Texas about two summers ago. But I think I was too busy enjoying lake fun to let anything esle slow me down.. So who knows! Like you, I only get my sun rash when I've spent most the day in the sun and ususally on the water (lake, beach, etc.) But I think being in my vacation type persona I don't notice extreme symtoms.
BUT, as far as being in my office and the fluorescent lighing.. I feel terrible everyday and I get a rash everywhere the light hits. If I'm at my computer desk and not my normal desk, the light will only hit one side of my face.. And then I only get the rash on that side. But the fluorescent light rash I get from steady exposure all week at the office is much more milder then the actual sun rash.. Although my symptoms are worse with the indoor lighting. How weird?
Oh and anyone every tan in the tanning bed? I haven't very recently (when I started to notice my rash from the offfice lighting) but I've never gotten a rash from the tanning bed. I sort of want to go try and see now what will happen.
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