We’re all aware that most medications can have a variety of side effects, but did you know that one of them can be an increased sensitivity to the sun? There are a multitude of medications that can increase your risk of sunburn or even cause photosensitivity. Summer is almost here, so be sure you’re prepared to stay safe in the sun!
How Can a Medication Increase My Sun Sensitivity?1
Photosensitivity is a reaction set off by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can result in two different reactions.
Phototoxic Reaction: Occurs when UV radiation reacts with a drug to form compounds that damage the skin.
Results: Sunburn-like symptoms
Photoallergic Reaction: This is less common, but usually happens when UV light changes a substance applied to the skin, causing an immune response.
Results: Bumps, hives, blisters, or red blotches
How to Prevent Sun Sensitivity2
Check Your Meds: Check prescription medications to see if sun sensitivity is listed as a side effect.
Hydrate: Drink plenty of water!
Cover Up: Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing or try to stay in the shade as much as you can!
It’s that time of year again! Time to pack away your winter sweaters and break out your summer shorts. While we’re all looking forward to a little warmer weather it’s important to be aware of how heat can impact your health, especially if you have a history of heart disease. Certain heart medications like beta blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics (which deplete the body of sodium) can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.1
We’re here to help you with a few tips so you can stay safe and have fun this summer!
Everyday Tips (Three D’s)
Dress Right: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton, or a synthetic fabric that repels sweat. Add a hat, sunglasses and well-ventilated shoes.
Drink: Stay hydrated! Drink water before, during and after you exercise. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
Do-Nothing: Every once and awhile, stop and find a cool place to relax and hydrate for a few minutes.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
Cool, moist skin
Dizziness and light-headedness
Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
Fever (temperature above 104 °F)
Dry, hot, and red skin
Rapid, shallow breathing
Rapid, weak pulse
If you have any additional questions regarding your medications,
reach out to the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742