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I am on 1/2 a tablet of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds taken twice daily for prostatitus. Why do I need to avoid sun exposure when on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? How much is too much sun?

I am on 1/2 a tablet of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds taken twice daily for prostatitus. Why do I need to avoid sun exposure when on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? How much is too much sun?

Photosensitvity: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a sulfa antibiotic which makes you photosensitive and may cause rashes or a sunburn easily while on it. This can occur even with less than 30 minutes of sun exposure for some people. Wear sunscreen and sun protective clothing and stay out of the sun as much as possible while on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

Sun Exposure (Definition)

Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the ...Read more


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I'm taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a UTI and I had sun exposure and I'm itchy. Anything I should do? Thanks

I'm taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a UTI and I had sun exposure and I'm itchy. Anything I should do? Thanks

Yes: Bacterium is a sulfonamide and that group of drugs has Sun sensitivity. So, be cautious of Sun until a few days after course is over, and take an antihistamine for the itch. ...Read more

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My skin is rubbing off in little pieces, like rubber. I am house bound (severe m.E.), have had no sun exposure, and no med changes in months. Ideas?

My skin is rubbing off in little pieces, like rubber. I am house bound (severe m.E.), have had no sun exposure, and no med changes in months. Ideas?

See MD immediately: I am not certain what is causing the problem but I recommend you get in to see a dermatologist immediately. The skin acts as a barrier to prevent organisms or other toxins from entering our bodies. If you are loosing your skin, you are at risk for more serious problems. Find out what this is and get it treated. ...Read more

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Can sun exposure cause a bad stumach?

Can sun exposure cause a bad stumach?

Sun exposure or: Heat injury. Heat injury could contribute to nausea. ...Read more

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Does reducing sun exposure benefit your skin?

Does reducing sun exposure benefit your skin?

Yes: Decrease the chance of getting skin cancer; wrinkling and freckling would also be lessened. ...Read more

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How does a sunspot appear over night after sun exposure?

Just like sunburn!: Exposure of the skin to ultraviolet (sun or tanning bed) stimulates the melanocytes (pigment cells) to become darker, which provides a barrier to this harmful radiation. Too much too quickly causes sunburn, but even a little exposure can stimulate collections of melanocytes in the skin to darken, making sunspots more visible or dark. Repeated exposure continues darkening; too much causes cancer. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your skin to flake after a tan or sun exposure?

Is it normal for your skin to flake after a tan or sun exposure?

Sure: Normal. Moisturize the skin, apply aloe.
You may want to try suntan lotion before going out to avoid burns which could cause skin cancer later on... ...Read more

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For how long should I be avoiding sun exposure after dermabrasion?

For how long should I be avoiding sun exposure after dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion causes the treated skin to be pink or pale red in color while the skin is healing. Sun exposure during the healing phase can produce hyperpigmentation or dark colored skin. Sun exposure should be avoided until the skin treated by dermabrasion returns to normal color. ...Read more

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Why do dark-skinned people tolerate sun exposure and heat better than light-skinned people?

Why do dark-skinned people tolerate sun exposure and heat better than light-skinned people?

Sun exposure: (not necessarily heat). Dark skin contains more pigments that naturally protects against solar damage to skin. This can protect against burning but people with dark skin can still get skin cancer. ...Read more

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Any amount of sun exposure for any amount of time has potential to damage skin. Is this true?

Any amount of sun exposure for any amount of time has potential to damage skin. Is this true?

Sun exposure: There are individuals for whom any exposure to sun increases the risk of cancer. But the majority of people can walk down a leafy street where the risk of death by automobile is higher than the risk of skin damage. There is always risk. Increasing sun exposure increases that risk, and must be balanced against the benefits of being able to exercise, obtain food and fuel, etc. ...Read more

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Please help! I get burned easily without much sun exposure and when wearing sunblock. Can anyone tell me why?

SUNBURNS EASILY: DO YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS?
MANY MEDICATIONS CAN CAUSE BURNS WHEN THERE IS SUN EXPOSURE.
CHECK WITH YOUR PCP OR WITH A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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Is there any way to become fair? Well I was born fair but my complexion was darkened due to sun exposure, my certain body parts are still fair.

Is there any way to become fair? Well I was born fair but my complexion was darkened due to sun exposure, my certain body parts are still fair.

Sun changed skin: You can tell your skin type by looking at your buttocks, and comparing the skin their to your arms. A 45 year old person will have been exposed to hundreds of thousands of hours of sunlight, and the sun would have changed both the texture and color of the skin. Red necks, were irish farmers in the south. You must block all sun and use retinoic or glycolic acid, to get lighten and soften. Skin. ...Read more

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Take 50, 000 IU D once a week & 2, 000 IU D daily w/ sun exposure. My D levels the past year have been 19, 22 and 20. Why will my levels not go up?

Malabsorption?: Hi. The two things I can think of that would make you not have higher vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) given what you're taking, are malabsorption (such as celiac disease) or taking anticonvulsants (like phenytoin or phenobarbital) that cause degradation of vitamin D). ...Read more

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I'm a black male and I haven't had much sun exposure in the past 3 months or more and also I've been eating one meal a day for a while. Am I at risk?

I'm a black male and I haven't had much sun exposure in the past 3 months or more and also I've been eating one meal a day for a while. Am I at risk?

Vitamin D: Vit d levels are lowest in people wi/dark skin but the marjority of people have a deficiency. Please get your doc to check your level and you can supplement. Most of my patients used 5k daily. It's better to eat 4 small meals or "graze" through the day than 1 meal daily relative to blood sugar. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is excessive sun exposure harmful?

Yes: Exposure to the sun is one of the primary reasons for developing skin cancer.
That is why it is important to always wear plenty of sunblock and minimize your exposure. ...Read more

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Can too much sun exposure the cause of my sickness?

Can too much sun exposure the cause of my sickness?

Sunsick?: Cannot answer this question because too little info has been given, but I can say that there are numerous skin problems which originate with sun exposure, or are aggravated by it. See a dermatologist, okay? ...Read more

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How can sun exposure from living the desert affect your health?

How can sun exposure from living the desert affect your health?

Long term effects: On the good side, vitamin D deficiency will not be an issue. But you increase your risk of melanoma, skin cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Your skin will also get leathery and cracked losing a lot of its normal tone. ...Read more

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How to get rid of freckles from sun exposure?

How to get rid of freckles from sun exposure?

Photorejuvenation: Will get rid of sun spots but maintenance yearly is necessary ...Read more

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Can you get sun exposure from the tanning bed?

Can you get sun exposure from the tanning bed?

Words matter: No, you don't get sun exposure if you are not in the sun. You get the same damaging UVA/UVB rays that the sun exposure causes because the lights at designed to produce those rays. ...Read more

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Can sun exposure increase foliculitis breakouts?

Can sun exposure increase foliculitis breakouts?

Yes: Sun may cause irritation to skin, sunburn. The best way to know or conform if you have folliculitis is to see doctor and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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Should you avoid sun exposure after electrolysis?

Electrolysis/sun exp: You should avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after elecrolysis. ...Read more

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How do I know how much sun exposure will cause cancer?

How do I know how much sun exposure will cause cancer?

You don't: You don't know that is why it is important to always wear plenty of sunblock and minimize your exposure. ...Read more

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Should you avoid sun exposure after doing electrolysis?

Electrolysis/sun exp: You should avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after elecrolysis. ...Read more

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Does sun exposure help heal white patches left from eczema?

It can: It sounds like you have postinflammatory hypopigmentation. If this is truly the case and there hasn't been much scarring in the area, reasonable sun exposure can help repigment the area. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I started Accutane yesterday and worried about sun exposure?

Can get burned: Easily. Use high SPF sunscreen, hat, clothes that protect from sun's rays. Try to avoid sun if possible. ...Read more

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Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have carcinogenic effects?

Does moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes) without sunscreen have carcinogenic effects?

Any sun exposure: Has some carcinogenic potential related to UV exposure. But remember its exceptionally small with limited exposure like you mention. There are many benefits to sun exposure too, you level of exposure just needs to be balanced based on your risk for developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have fair skin. But due to sun sun exposure my skin became dark. Suggest me some creams.

I have fair skin. But due to sun sun exposure my skin became dark. Suggest me some creams.

Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin d to make up for not getting vitamin d from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...Read more

Bactrim (Definition)

Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, cotrimoxazole is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat a ...Read more