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Why should I cover up my skin to avoid lupus rash due to photosensitivity?

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It's not always possible to avoid the sun entirely, so protect yourself with clothing. Hats with large brims, along with tightly woven, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants can provide good coverage.

If you work or spend a lot of time outside, consider wearing clothing that has built-in sun protection or using an umbrella made with special fabric designed to block UV rays. If you're fair-skinned and have light eyes and hair, you should be even more careful when exposed to 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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