Summer Activities for Lupus
Summer is officially here and for most people, summertime means outdoor fun. Just because you have lupus, doesn’t mean enjoying summer is out of the question.
Why is Summer Hard for People with Lupus?
Summertime is difficult for people with lupus because most are photosensitive, meaning they experience negative reactions from being out in sunlight. Up to 83 percent of people with lupus are ultraviolet (UV) sensitive to either sunlight or fluorescent lights or both according to one report published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
You may experience a lupus flare after being exposed to UV rays. It is also possible you may develop a butterfly rash over your nose and cheeks after UV light exposure. You may develop other rashes resembling hives or other symptoms of a lupus flare including joint pain, fatigue, fever, or inflammation of an organ.
Many lupus patients also have secondary Sjogren’s syndrome which may cause dryness of eyes, mouth, and skin. It can be harder to manage Sjogren’s in the summer months so it’s important to stay hydrated and use eye drops frequently.
Lastly, be aware that some of the medications you take to treat lupus can increase your susceptibility to the sun’s effects. Ask your doctor if any of your medications will affect you during the summer months and what precautions you should take.
Lupus Friendly Summertime Activities
Summertime fun is usually outdoor fun which feels like a harsh reality for those who shun the sun due to health conditions. Don’t lose hope during summertime as there are plenty of fun activities you can still do.