July 11, 2023
As the summer sun shines brighter and temperatures rise, it’s crucial to remember the importance of UV awareness, particularly for individuals living with lupus. July is designated as UV Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the impact of sun exposure in lupus and share essential tips for staying sun smart. Today, we’ll explore the connection between lupus and sun exposure and provide practical guidelines to help you enjoy the summer months while minimizing sun-related flares.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide, primarily women. It is characterized by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to inflammation and damage in various organs and systems. Sun exposure can trigger or worsen symptoms in individuals with lupus due to its ability to stimulate the immune system and cause inflammation. This phenomenon is known as photosensitivity.
Photosensitivity is a common feature of lupus, and it manifests in different ways for each individual. Sunlight, particularly ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, can activate the immune system, resulting in a range of symptoms, including:
UV Awareness Month serves as a reminder to take proactive steps to protect yourself from the harmful effects of sun exposure, particularly if you have lupus. By implementing these sun-smart tips and making a few lifestyle adjustments, you can enjoy the summer season while minimizing the risk of triggering or worsening lupus symptoms. Remember, staying safe in the sun is a vital part of managing lupus and promoting overall well-being.
Lupus LA wishes you sun-smart and flare-free summer!
Did you know that Lupus LA assists patients in need with medical expenses related to lupus? We know that the financial burden of lupus often places strain on our patient community in accessing the care and resources that they deserve. When insurance isn’t enough, Lupus LA seeks to support patients in need through our Emergency Grant Program.
“Having to travel more than 60 miles round trip to doctors appointments, I spend a lot of time in the car. Having the window tint is a big relief for me and I have no doubt it will help my condition. It is more than just peace of mind knowing I have an added layer of protection from the sun.” – Lupus LA Emergency Grant Recipient
For more information about how Lupus LA assists patients with medical expenses related to lupus and the symptoms that lupus can cause, visit our Emergency Grants page to learn more.