First of all, glad you are feeling so much better!! Secondly, remission can last for a long time or a very short time... There's no real way of knowing... Third, DON'T be afraid of the sun, but DON'T forget the sunscreen and the hat, either!! Even if you are in remission, it can send you right back into a flare!!!! Don't take things for granted just because you are feeling better! You still need to be aware of it all! Lupus doesn't go away, it just hides for periods of time... You still have to be cautious to keep yourself from going into another flare!!! This is from the Lupus Center about photosensitivity...
I am not photosensitive (sensitive to sunlight) since I have never developed a rash from sun exposure.
Many lupus patients develop a rash after being exposed to sunlight or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light. But many patients do not realize that sunlight can cause symptoms other than a skin rash; it can also cause fatigue, joint pain, and problems with the kidneys, heart, or lungs. UV light from the sun can damage and kill skin cells. Patients with lupus may have problems processing and clearing these dead cells from the body. As a result, the body's immune system reacts to the contents released from these dead skin cells, contents not previously exposed to the immune system, and forms auto antibodies against these contents. In other words, the body's immune system turns against the body. Therefore, to avoid aggravating their condition, patients with lupus, regardless of their history of photosensitivity, should protect themselves from sunlight and avoid tanning devices.Sun-protection, including sun-protective clothing and sun block (SPF 30 or higher containing zinc or titanium) is an important basic therapy in managing lupus.
Amy Kao, MD, MPH
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