Itching and red pustules: UV light therapy can help with sun allergy

Skin problems: Prevent sun allergy with UV light therapy
Soaking up the sun creates a good mood and is good for health. But for some people, sunbathing also quickly causes skin problems. If you are allergic to the sun's rays, you should try UV light therapy.

Not all tolerate sunbathing
Be it on a beach vacation, in the outdoor pool or in the garden at home: Most people love to be pampered by the warming, soothing rays of the sun. The UV rays are not only important for our psychological well-being, but also help to form the vital vitamin D, strengthen our immune system, control the hormonal balance and stimulate the metabolism. But in some people the skin no longer plays along after a few sunbaths, and allergic reactions occur.

Allergy makes staying in the sun a pain
According to health experts, the number of people who have allergic reactions to strong sunlight has increased in recent years. More and more children suffer from sun allergy.

Staying in the sun is often a pain. Itchy red spots, pustules, pimples or blisters: A sun allergy can manifest itself in very different ways. In most cases, it is very painful and uncomfortable.

In a message from the dpa news agency, a dermatologist explains how to prevent sun allergy.

Skin can be hardened
According to Munich dermatologist Christoph Liebich from the professional association of German dermatologists, those affected can prevent the following year.

"You can harden the skin to a certain extent using low-dose UV light therapy," says the doctor.

Since, according to health experts, sun allergy is mainly caused by UV-A rays rather than UV-B rays, it usually does not help if you go to the solarium for prevention.

The German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB) writes on its website: "Tanning on the tanning bed does not provide reliable protection, because in many tanning salons mostly only UV-A rays are used, the skin lacks the protective skin thickening."

According to the experts, pre-tanned skin "must be protected with sunscreen".

Symptoms often only appear days later
The symptoms of an allergy typically show up after a few hours or days in the sun. The symptoms usually subside during the summer.

Once the allergy is there, it only helps those affected to wear long clothing that effectively protects against UV light.

As it says in the agency report, it is not yet clear how exactly the sun allergy arises. It is believed that UV light creates an allergen in the body. (ad)

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