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The summer may be winding down, but the sun is still going full force, especially here in Florida. Many people with lupus experience sun sensitivity due to ulttraviolet rays causing them to develop rash, fatigue, and general achiness and joint pain.  It’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few tips:

1. Wear a wide brimmed sun hat-maybe not as large as the one in the photo, but something that will cover your face and neck. 

2. Wear clothing that covers the skin. For me, I love wearing thin camisoles. Also protect your eyes with sunglasses.

3. Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. I personally use an SPF of 50 on my face and exposed areas. Sunscreen can sweat off, so make sure to reapply. 

4. Try to avoid going out when the sun is at it’s strongest. Limit your outdoor time to either earlier in the day, or later in the day.

5. If you are going to the beach or pool, rash guards or swimwear with UV protection are great. Find a shady place to settle down at. I also recommend umbrellas, and even saw something cool called a sport-brella which is an umbrella canopy.

6. Drink plenty of water. Those sun rays are HOT and will make you sweat and become dehydrated. Make sure to keep hydrated at all times. 

7. If your state allows, get tinting for your car.

The sensitivity is not just limited to the sun, indoor UV rays can also cause harm. Here are some tips to avoid indoor UV rays:

1.Use low intensity bulbs.

2. Try to position chairs and furniture so that they are not directly beneath the light fixture.

3. Use shields or lamp covers that can filter out UV light.

4. Use curtains and blinds to cover windows.

5. Avoid tanning beds. These still cause UV damage.

Using these tips will help reduce sun sensitivity due to UV exposure, and give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather!