It took a while, but I finally figured out why I am having such a hard time with the sun this year!
I looked back in my medicine log and I started the Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate), last August. It takes about 3 months to get up to snuff. Then, you add back the Enbrel and I am taking Methotrexate .
So, last year I didn't notice anything.
The Plaquenil and the Methotrexate both have photosensitivity or sun sensititivity as side effects. It can manifest as becoming easily burned and/or rashes and/or other skin problems.
Check. Check. AND, check.
Well, at least now I know why I keep getting itchy rashes, red blotches and was so easily burnt in Wildwood. My skin actually peeled and flaked for 5 weeks after that burn in Wildwood!
Yesterday, at Kathy's, my legs rashed up within about 20 minutes or so of being in the sun. It sucked.
Correction... it sucks. It is not going to be easy to cope with this throughout the summer. Thankfully, I do have friends that can keep an eye on the kids at the town pool when they go. I am blessed.
But what about the other stuff? Ugh. I will he the chubby blond-haired, pale mommy under the umbrella, I guess! No choice! <sigh>
I am frustrated today and want to scream how much I hate Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. Instead, I am venting here.
Today is Africa hot. Ick. 93 degrees, sunny and humid. Eww.
Pumpkin's friend M is over. Fuzzy and Hammer are waiting for Mish to call them and come over later. Tomorrow is bowling!
The fun never stops! LOL