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Hi,

I have found a significant difference to my general "well-being" if I make sure that every morning I put on sunscreen even though most days I actually don't go out during the day at all (save a ten minute dog walk in the morning before the sun comes up too much). Recently, my chemist's was closed and the only sunscreen I could get is one that I can't stand as it feels like butter on your skin. Of course that meant that I didn't put it on except in those exceptional circumstances where for one reason or other I was outside longer during the day. I noticed that I was much worse off for joint and tendon pain as well as fatigue.

Some people can react to eco-bulbs though I seem to be OK with them despite being very photsensitive. I do definitely react to strip lighting and it was a pretty big problem when I was working outside the home as I used to work in several different offices which all had strip lighting. You MAY have reacted to the strip lighting at A&E but I'd say that natural daylight in the house is at least as important. When I think of it, in winter, I sometimes need the lights on to work whereas I never do in spring/summer months - that's a whole load more light.

I read an article by a top rheumatologist that said that sunscreen should always be worn, indoors and outdoors, summer and winter. Of course, I'm sure that for some people it doesn't play much of a role in their lupus but he was saying that even if you couldn't "see" the effects, it was important. That was what made me start applying it all the time and, for me at least, it makes a difference.

Katharine
 

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I can tell you at the price of it, just to the bits that are exposed! Face, neckline, back of neck. I don't even bother with backs of hands as I rarely sit there with them "in the sun". The exception to that would be if I have to go to an outdoor event when I will also do the backs of hands. I'd guess you don't wear a dress too often, so I think you'll be OK there and, if you do, go for the longer ones :rotfl:

When out I am careful to cover up and to remember that denser "knit" materials offer more protection as do darker colours. A normal white T-shirt only offers an SPF of 7. I'm usually in jeans and something longsleeved. Not always easy to be "fashionable" like that but as I'm an oddball anyway, I manage. Some of the "safari" type shirts are pretty thick and offer good protection and then, of course, there's the sun protective clothing - also hideously expensive - which I reserve for the more "extreme" times out.

Oh, I just remembered. On nozone, they have an inexpensive white T shirt which is SPF 50 protection, just saw that the other day, seemed good to me as pretty much normal wear...jeans and T shirt.

I have talked to much again, bet I'm proving someone's theory here - hahaha

Katharine
 
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