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How do I avoid exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays indoors if I have lupus photosensitivity?

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Many indoor offices and businesses use halogen and fluorescent light bulbs, which can give off UV rays. So can copy machines. Fortunately, you can buy shades, shields, filters, and tube covers that can offer protection from UV rays.

Remember that windows don't offer full protection from UV rays. Your lupus can actually be aggravated by harmful rays that come through a car or building window, so it's best to protect yourself with window shades or films that block UV rays.

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology, “1997 Update of 1982 American College of Rheumatology Revised Criteria for Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus.”

Arthritis Foundation. “Lupus.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sunburn.”

American Melanoma Foundation. “Facts About Sunscreen.”

FDA.

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreen FAQs."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology, “1997 Update of 1982 American College of Rheumatology Revised Criteria for Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus.”

Arthritis Foundation. “Lupus.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sunburn.”

American Melanoma Foundation. “Facts About Sunscreen.”

FDA.

The Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreen FAQs."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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