August 31, 2018
A few people (less than 5 percent) are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light and need to take extra precautions. For most people, the reason for the heightened sensitivity is because they carry a specific type of antibody: the anti-SSA (Ro) antibody.
Taking Some Simple Protective Steps
People with this heightened sensitivity can do some helpful advance planning:
Indoor Measures Can be Important
If you have heightened sun sensitivity, you may also need to avoid some indoor dangers: mercury vapor lamps, xenon arc lamps, halogen or tungsten light sources can be a problem, as can spending too much time photocopying because of the light leakage around the copying bed.
Fluorescent lighting may also cause problems. The Solar Screen Company in Corona, NY actually makes a protective sleeve that can be used to cover fluorescent lighting.
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Research based on The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families by Daniel J. Wallace, M.D.