On our first full free day during our trip, Rob and I took the train into old town Zurich. During the short ride, I slathered sunscreen on my face, neck, and arms. It was very important that I protect myself from the ultraviolet light. I insisted that Rob use the sunscreen as well. Our skin was armed and ready to go.
I don’t spend much time in the sun and typically get my vitamin D
through daily supplements. Other than excessive squinting and heat
sensitivity I experience due to MS, I tend to avoid sun exposure because
of potential photosensitivity.
What is photosensitivity?
also called sun sensitivity, is an inflammation of the skin caused by a
combination of certain chemicals and exposure to the sunlight.
Some medications commonly taken for RA may contain light-activated
chemicals. Photosensitivity is a common side-effect of methotrexate,
plaquenil, and NSAIDs such as celebrex or advil, according to Epocrates Online.
Photosensitivity may be a serious side-effect of anti-TNF drugs such as
cimzia, enbrel, humira, remicade, and simponi, as well as
sulfasalazine. It is not considered a side-effect of actemra, arava,
kineret, orencia, or rituxan.
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Photosensitivity and RA: Protect Yourself From Skin Damage