Question: What Is UV Sensitivity?

UV-sensitive syndrome is a condition that is characterized by sensitivity to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight.

Although UV exposure can cause skin cancers, people with UV-sensitive syndrome do not have an increased risk of developing these forms of cancer compared with the general population.

What causes skin sensitivity to sunlight?

The most common form of sun allergy is polymorphic light eruption, also known as sun poisoning. Some people have a hereditary type of sun allergy. Others develop signs and symptoms only when triggered by another factor — such as a medication or skin exposure to plants such as wild parsnip or limes.

What level of UV is dangerous?

A UV Index reading of 3 to 5 means moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Stay in shade near midday when the sun is strongest.

Can you be allergic to UV rays?

In some people, exposure to UV rays can cause a rash or a type of allergic reaction. Exposure to UV rays can also cause premature aging of the skin and signs of sun damage such as liver spots, actinic keratosis, and solar elastosis.

What does UV mean?

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of energy produced by the sun and some artificial sources, such as solariums. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer.

Can you develop a sun allergy later in life?

A. It sounds like you have developed a condition called solar urticaria. Urticaria from any cause can be very frustrating. And it’s especially frustrating to be “allergic” to the sun when that’s been a big part of your life. This form of urticaria usually goes away by itself once the cause is removed.

How do you treat sun sensitive skin?

These steps may help relieve sun allergy symptoms:

  • Avoid sun exposure. Most sun allergy symptoms improve in less than a day or two if you keep the affected skin out of the sun.
  • Stop using medications that make you sensitive to light.
  • Apply skin moisturizers.
  • Use soothing skin remedies.