There are several types of arthritis that make people more sensitive to sunlight.
The first major one is Lupus. In the July/August magazine, Arthritis Self-Management,
an article Sun Protection for People with Arthritis, David W. Golann, says that people with
lupus need to be especially careful about their levels exposure to the sun. Sun sensitivity
is a hallmark of all types of lupus.
Other types of arthritis can make people more susceptible to sun-related problems.
These skin afflictions include: scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, ( which combines the typical
skin symptoms of psoriasis; dry, scaly skin, with the joint pain and stiffness of inflammatory arthritis).
“Psoriatic arthritis is unusual in that UVA (ultraviolet) rays can actually improve its
skin symptoms. In fact many people with the condition look forward to the sun and humidity of summer
because it brings relief from their dry, itchy skin.”( Arthritis Self-Management, July-August,2011).
Drugs that increase sun sensitivity:
Drugs that can cause skin redness and burning in people that have arthritis are:
ibuprofen, naproxen, and Celebrex, which have anti inflammatory qualities.
Drugs that are in the category anti-malarial such as chloroquine (Aralen) , and hydroxychloroquine
(Plaquenil), used to treat lupus and (RA), can also cause sensitivity to sunlight.
Even though the dangers of too much sunlight have been talked about for a long time,
benefits including vitamin D production when sunlight comes in contact with the skin,
are being promoted. Athough it is healthy to be outdoors, it is best to get vitamin D
from dietary sources.