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Sunday, April 04, 2010 Lin, Community Member, asks

Q: These annoying and itchy, little bumps that won't go away in the spring or summer...

So I have pretty sensitive skin, especially towards the sun. I get sunburnt very easily even with strong sunscreen on. But during the late spring to early fall, I get these tiny little bumps that itch and itch, and there's no cream I've tried that helps them. They get a lot worse when I go out in the sun, and form into these large bunches on my arms. They'll get better if I stay inside a lot, and it takes a long time for them to get any better, but I don't particularly like avoiding the sun. When they start leaving in the early fall, what's left behind is very white skin that won't tan at all, and stays that way for most of the winter. Also, I have these white pigmentations on my stomach that only show up when I start getting a tan like uneven polka dots... which is odd. :/ I've had all this for a long time now, and I've been hoping they wouldn't show up again, but they have flared up once again. Is there any way I could fix the bumps and pigmentations without heading to a doctor? Or if I could possibly know what these even are?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
4/22/10 7:49pm

Hi Lin

 

Please know that I am not a doctor but I will try to research your question to see what information I can find on this.

 

Our Dr. Sundaram answered a very similar question to yours and she gave her speculation about what this rash may be and what to do about it.

 

I would also wonder...do you take any medications which make you more prone to be sensitive to the sun?  And you are using sun block with an SPF of 30 or more right?

 

Do you have an autoimmune disease by chance?  I have read about a connection between a sun rash and autoimmune disease.

 

I hope this helps some but your best bet is to see a doctor.  What if there is an underlying medical condition to cause this rash?  You won't know until you see a doctor.

 

Thank you for your question.

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blondy1975, Community Member
5/29/10 11:30pm

Hi Lin.  I too have been developing these itchy bumps when I've had prolonged exposure to the sun.  They are miserable.  I've never had them as bad as I have here recently.  I started a garden for the first time this year and have been out there every day this week for up to 5 hours at a time.  The bumps have gotten so bad that I decided to see a doctor.  They are itchy and occasionally feel like being stuck with a needle or stung.  It turns out that I do have an allergy to the sun.  The only easy fix is to limit myself from being in the sun too long and to wear light clothing that covers the most affected areas (back, upper chest, shoulders and arms).  The only thing that I've found to help sooth it is taking an antihistimine, cold compresses and using corizone cream.  Hope this helps.

Mel

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By Lin, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 04/04/10