Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SSF: The Sun and Sjogren's Syndrome

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I know that I have published a link to this excellent Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation patient education sheet before, but in view of the sunny and hot forecast facing us here in the Pacific northwest, thought I would give it another post:

Patient Education Sheet 
The Sun and Sjögren’s Syndrome
The SSF thanks Mona Z. Mofid, MD, FAAD, Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology, and Medical Director, American Melanoma Foundation, San Diego, California, for authoring this Patient Education Sheet.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from the sun and other light sources (such as some fluorescent lights) can alter immune function and lead to an autoimmune response in the body and in the skin. Skin rashes and disease flares
in Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) patients can result as well as ocular sensitivity and pain. In Sjögren’s, sun sensitivity is associated with the autoantibody SSA/or Ro. To avoid reactions to UV light, try the following tips: continue reading here.

Stay shady, people.


Annette McKinnon said...

Good advice. I would swear I was not out in the sun and yet I have an itchy bumpy rash on my neck and scalp. That idea of UV protection on the car windows sounds good to me.
Too bad I've never seen a UV scarf to protect the neck, or I'd buy one.

I hope your blotchy bits will clear up for the wedding. Annette

Hilary said...

I also find that it completely zaps my energy and I feel almost drunk with fatigue.