Beat the Heat: Stay Hydrated & Safe

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With summer just around the corner it’s important to stay hydrated and safe from the sunlight. Staying hydrated in the summer heat is essential as dehydration can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.1 Individuals also need to be aware of their current medication regimen and how it might impact their reaction to the increased sunlight. Most don’t realize some medications can react negatively with sunlight causing an increase risk of sunburn or even a photosensitivity reaction.

Staying Hydrated

Drinking water tops the list of how to stay healthy in the heat. Although water intake varies2 depending on several factors (including age, size, gender, health, activity level, and weather), as a general rule of thumb, aim to drink 8-10 cups of water every day.1 Staying hydrated in the heat will decrease your chances of needing medical attention. Click here more information on heat related illnesses.

Medications with Sunlight Side-Effects

Knowing the side effects of medication is important year-round, but especially when there is a potential for increased sun exposure. Medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun from a minor sunburn to a phototoxic or photoallergic reaction set off by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

  • 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

Common Drugs that Can Increase Your Risk of Sunburn

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiarrhythmics (cardiac drugs)
  • Diuretics (used to treat hypertension, heart failure or edema)
  • NSAID (Ibuprofen or naproxen)
  • Acne Mediations

For a detailed list of medications click here.

Staying Hydrated & Safe

  • Check all medications: Check medications to see if sun sensitivity is listed as a side effect for current and future prescriptions.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water, especially when in the heat!
  • Cover Up: Use sunscreen and reapply, wear protective clothing or try to stay in the shade as much as possible!
  • Stay cool: Use cooling towels when outside for long periods of time and try to do outdoor activities in the morning or evening.
  • Know the signs: If you start experiencing any symptoms shown here move to a cool place and follow the “What to do” steps.

Sources:

  1. https://www.neefusa.org/health/outdoor-activity/staying-hydrated-summer-heat#:~:text=Drinking%20water%20tops%20the%20list,cups%20of%20water%20every%20day.
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

Sunburn Easily? It Might be Your Medications

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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 here, so be sure you’re prepared to stay safe in the sun!

How can a medication increase your sensitivity to the sun?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

What are some common drugs that cause sunburns?

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiarrhythmics (cardiac drugs)
  • Diuretics (used to treat hypertension, heart failure or edema)
  • NSAID (Ibuprofen or naproxen)
  • Acne Medications

For a detailed list, click here

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!

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/beware-of-sunburn-boosters#1
  2. https://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/can-your-meds-make-you-more-sensitive-to-sun-and-heat/
  3. https://www.medicinenet.com/sun-sensitive_drugs_photosensitivity_to_drugs/article.htm#list_of_examples_of_medications_that_cause_phototoxicitcy

Can Your Medications Increase Your Sensitivity to The Sun?

Woman at the beach covering her face with a hat
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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.

  1. Phototoxic Reaction: Occurs when UV radiation reacts with a drug to form compounds that damage the skin.
    • Results: Sunburn-like symptoms
  1. 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

  1. Check Your Meds: Check prescription medications to see if sun sensitivity is listed as a side effect.
  2. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water!
  3. Cover Up: Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing or try to stay in the shade as much as you can!

 

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/beware-of-sunburn-boosters#1
  2. https://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/can-your-meds-make-you-more-sensitive-to-sun-and-heat/