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How does sunscreen help prevent symptoms of lupus photosensitivity?

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Anyone who is out in the sun for more than 20 minutes daily should apply sunscreen, but people who have lupus should be especially vigilant. Sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Look for broad-spectrum protection that blocks both UVA and UVB 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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