Your meds could affect your skin under the sun

The sun's UV rays interact with the chemicals in these medications

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There are some medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun no matter what season it is, and no matter how much sunlight there is.

The following types of medications may increase drug-induced photosensitivity, and as a result, increase your risk of getting a sun burn:

 – Antibiotics  – Hormones
 – Antihistamines  – NSAIDS
 – Antihypertensives  – Seizure medication
 – Antiplatelets  – Sedatives
 – Chemotherapy drugs  – Skin Agents
 – Diabetes medication  – Vitamins
 – Heart medication

Some drugs reduce blood flow to the skin, preventing the body from cooling down. Others increase heat production, which increase your chances of getting heatstroke or sunstroke. With these medications, your skin can burn at a much quicker rate than usual.

You can develop blisters, sun burns, and rashes.If you take any of these medications, you need to be careful with the amount of sunlight exposure you get. The sun’s UV rays interact with the chemicals in these medications, and then react with the protein in your skin.

Doctors recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, which offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to wear shirts with high collars and long sleeves, pants, or long skirts. Also, wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

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