Saturday, April 11, 2009

Yup... sunny weather is here... sigh...

So, I tend to forget this little issue I have every spring... and you would think after 12 years I would remember??? I have something called Polymorphic Light Eruption, which essentially means that I am allergic to the sun. Yah, such a fun thing to have LOL. I don't usually get it too badly, but it can be bad enough that I break out in lovely hives/rashes from the neck down. It is extremely itchy. So, the last 4 nights I have noticed that my chest is itchy at night, but didn't really think anything of it... until tonight when it dawned on me what it was! There is really nothing I can do, except to wear sunblock at all times. There is actually a treatment, but I have been told by my dermatologist that if I did it, I would most certainly have skin cancer in 10 years. The treatment of course must be done every single spring to harden the skin to the sun. I find that as long as I start off with about spf 50, I can easily get away with 15 by the end of the summer. Some days I can get away with nothing.

Now, some of you may be wondering why I would want to live someplace like Cyprus? Well, I would have this problem no matter where I live, so to me that doesn't factor. Yes, in Cyprus, I would have to be that much more careful, but that is something I can live with. I also have to say, the benefits to Cyprus far outweigh the negatives LOL.


  1. That must be hard. I love the sun but cancer runs in my family so I too have to wear sunscreen at all times.. Would love to have tan...
    Happy Easter!

  2. I'm actually the only one with a problem LOL. Last summer I did have a small tan, although I'm sure most people couldn't tell LOL. Just have to remember the sun block the next few weeks.

  3. Ughh, I bet that sucks. Especially if you love being outside. At least sunblock helps.