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Shingles And Sun Exposure
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
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
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
Can get burned: Easily. Use high SPF sunscreen, hat, clothes that protect from sun's rays. Try to avoid sun if possible. ...Read more
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
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
Sun of A Glitch: Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. And a person in an isolation tank will start hallucinating after a while. In between these extremes lie good common sense. And for that, one's adequate cognitive function will supercede any potential problems. In other words, unless you're dragging yourself half-dead, sun burnt and dehydrated across the desert or locked-up in isolation, don't worry. ...Read more
What are the home made remedies to improve skin complexion which became dark due to sun exposure?
Sun discolored skin: The sun causes the formation of melanin in the skin, which makes the skin darker. If you are unhappy with the way your skin looks from too much sun, you must first prevent any sun exposure at all, by wearing protective clothing, and hats, and by using sun blockers every day. You can try to lighten the skin with bleaches that contain hydroquinone, and by using a glycolic acid lotion. ...Read more
It is in thigh sun exposure is not there. Everything removed. Is there any medicine required for?
Sun exposure: Can result in dangerous skin burns. If there is blistering and or peeling, many types of natural and prescription meds can be used. Be sure to stay hydrated with more water than normal. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is sun exposure bag after a root canal? I had one on thursday and was out in the sun today for about an hour.
Why is it important to avoid prolong sun exposure when on methotrexate? How long is to long in the sun while on it?
How long should I stop consuming alfalfa leaf before sun exposure? I only take around 300 mg pill per day and my honey moon is next month
Stop now: Alfalfa sprouts and extracts are used to treat a number of conditions (high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes etc). Prolonged use can lead to sun sensitivity and an auto immune condition similar to lupus, you should stop now. This will ensure that it is completely cleared from your system. In addition remember to use a sun screen, applying every 2 hours to provide maximum protection. ...Read more
I have a lesion on my chest that is 1 cm in size irregular borders, dry and scaling. I am fair and freckled skinned with a lot of Sun exposure.
See a dermatologist: The lesion you describe has 2 red flag signs: size greater than 6 mm and irregular borders. Dryness and scaling of the lesion are possible warning signs of actinic keratosis (a possible precursor of cancer) or skin cancer. Please see a dermatologist for examination and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
A section of the top of my hair is damaged (dry, changed to wavy pattern, frizzy) due to great sun exposure everyday. What should I do to fix it
Cut hair: There is not much you can do about the hair, just cut the hair and don't expose your hair or more importantly your skin to excessive sun everyday. ...Read more
None: The sun always damages the skin.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more