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Can the lack of sun exposure be the reason for being sensitive to the sun or tanning easily?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Hello there, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as a freshmen in college. I am now a going to be a senior and most of my issues with Lupus have been skin-related. The summer leading to my sophomore year I and many of my friends noticed that my skin tanned way more easily than before. (people often ask me if i have recently been to the beach or on vacation to my parent's native country of the Dominican Republic because of my prominent tan) Because of this I started avoiding the sun more often in fear that since I was so sensitive to sun exposure that i would probably develop the various symptoms other lupus patients get when they're out in the sun. To my surprise I barely suffer from joint pain when in the sun and my lupus has been behaving pretty well overall.

I have read in a couple of forums on this website that talk about how essential sun light and vitamin D is and how ironically a lack of it can make you more sensitive to the sun (tanning-wise). I don't know if this plays a factor but I go to school in upstate NY where in the fall/winter sunny days are extremely rare. I barely get any vitamin D from the sun because even on the rare days when there is sunlight i try to stay away from it.

Could it be that I am more sensitive to the sun due to my lack of vitamin D because of the of the cloudy sunless days when in school?

by the way at the start of this year I began eating better and adopting more and more of the paleo diet. I eat a lot of high fat red meats & wild-caught salmon and cook them up soaking them with coconut oil. I am not as low in carb compared to others on the paleo diet and have adopted more of Paul Jaminet-recommended paleo diet eating white rice as well as tubers. I know that one reason for my sensitivity to the sun could be because of the messed up omega 6/ omega 3 ratio i have so am doing my best to improve it. I also have started taking supplemental vitamin D3 (5000 IU) daily. Am i on the right track? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:12 PM

oh never heard about this, thanks a lot :-)

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Harly with Lupus it's really important for you to have an optimal (high) blood level of D.
For Autoimmune problems it should be at least in the 60-80 range.

That takes a lot of sun and supplements.

Have you had a blood test? Your doctor can order or you can order one yourself from the Vitamin D Council.
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org

There is likely info there on Lupus as well.

Good luck.

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:12 PM

oh never heard about this, thanks a lot :-)

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on August 23, 2012
at 07:23 PM

This is totally anecdotal, but before I started supplementing vit D I would get very dizzy and lightheaded after a few hours in the sun. I used to think it was dehydration, but no amount of hydration seemed to help. Fast forward to supplementing vit D for awhile, I no longer get dizzy or lightheaded from being in the sun. Sure it could have been something else, but it makes sense to me that sensitivity to sun could be related to low vit D levels.

If you're looking to improve your levels, also mind you get enough vit K, vit A, and magnesium, or you won't be able to properly absorb your vit D supplements.

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on April 02, 2013
at 07:50 PM

I was diagnosed with Lupus at 13years old and allergy to the sun. I develope sun spots that are itchy whenever I am out in the sun. Furthermore, I have an eczema and had Thyroid Cancer at 15years old. Non of these "diag-nonsens" have limited my ability to live. I have learned what works and what does not work with my body One thing that does work, is gettin out in the sun befor the summer hits. I have learned that exposing myself to a small amount of sun before the summer has helped my allergy to the sun. Kind of like allergy shots. I have also gone to the tanning beds and it actually has helped out with the eczema and sun spots as well.

Paleo now for three months and have never felt better, both emotionally and physically. Paleo helps me because it excludes gluten which I now realized that it made my Lupus flare up.

Test things out. Maybe they work, maybe they don't. But at least you will have experience and knowledge.

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