Use a stronger antiperspirant because you are going to cover-up in the heat of summer.
These are a few of the things which have worked for me. I hope they are of some use to you.
Peak sun hours are usually from 10-4 try to avoid them when possible.
Sunscreens should NOT be used to prolong sun exposure.
Make sure your make-up has an SPF or wear sunscreen on your face and neck.
A Lupus patient should use ultraviolet sun protection factor(SPF) of 15 or more.
Don't forget to check the expiration date, an out of date sunscreen does you no good.
- For your shortsleeve or sleeveless summer clothes you need a summer jacket or sweater.
Make it if you have and try to pick something that will go in a pinch with almost anything.
- If you wear jeans a lot a light jacket or an overlarge shirt will do.
- Keep a jacket and a widebrim hat in the trunk of the car for emergencies.
- Wear shades and keep emergency pairs in all the places you use.
- Pick out some inexpensive summer hats which shade your eyes and the BACK OF YOUR
(If a rash is on the face or you are to be in harmful outdoor light the hat may have to be more expensive and shade you face also.(no baseball caps)
- If you have a rash on your hands, use your hands a lot in UV light and they burn or itch get some white cotton gloves and cut out the fingers. Lather your hands with SPF or lotion and don't lose your rings.
- With shorts wear knee high or soccer socks be sure to sunblock the area about 3inchs before the top of your socks to about 2-4 inches above the tail of your shorts.
- Start wearing longer skirts and get some casual ankle lengths dresses.
- Wear a cover up(even if its an overlarge shirt and sunscreen or block even your toes if you go to an outdoor pool for a little while.
- If you wear heels use sunblock as lotion under your hose, donít wear open toe shoes if it can be avoided. Wear tennis shoes with Velcro closures instead of sandals when you can.
- If you wear a medical bracelet that says "see wallet card" or not MAKE a wallet card
with you doctor information and current medications, mg, and how often you take the
medication. You can use a red marker to highlight the edges. Put it were it can be seen in your wallet.
- Try to get into the habit that you donít go outside even to get the mail or newspaper with hat, jacket and sunglasses.
- It usually takes 21 days consecutive days for something to become a habit. Drink water when and where you can . ( I even order icewater with lemon if we go out to eat.)