Hi, my name is Pam.
I suffer from sun poisoning. I've also heard it called solar urticaria. I've had this since I was 10 years old.
I have very fair skin (type 1; always burns) and when I go in the sun I break out in painful hives, have headaches and feel nauseous and generally unwell. When this condition first appeared, the doctors did not know what it was or how to effectively treat it.
Trying to ease the resultant pain I would cover the rash with baking soda or calamine lotion; neither was very effective. When sunscreen became available it proved to be of some relief but only for short periods in the sun. So I was that person in the heat of the summer walking around in jeans and long-sleeved shirts with my hands in my pockets. Even then, the sun would penetrate my clothing and I would 'break out'.
The only effective solutions I've found are to stay in the shade and to wear sunhats and Solbari clothing. It's so great to finally find relief after 53 years.
Thank you Pam for helping raise awareness for skin conditions by sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."