Hi, my name is Pam.
I suffer from sun poisoning. I've also heard it called solar urticaria. I've had this since I was 10 years old.
I have very fair skin (type 1; always burns) and when I go in the sun I break out in painful hives, have headaches and feel nauseous and generally unwell. When this condition first appeared, the doctors did not know what it was or how to effectively treat it.
Trying to ease the resultant pain I would cover the rash with baking soda or calamine lotion; neither was very effective. When sunscreen became available it proved to be of some relief but only for short periods in the sun. So I was that person in the heat of the summer walking around in jeans and long-sleeved shirts with my hands in my pockets. Even then, the sun would penetrate my clothing and I would 'break out'.
The only effective solutions I've found are to stay in the shade and to wear sunhats and Solbari clothing. It's so great to finally find relief after 53 years.
Thank you Pam for helping raise awareness for skin conditions by sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
In 2016, Jarryd Roughead received life changing news, that what was once an innocuous spot on his lip was actually melanoma— and that it was spreading fast. We're so fortunate that Jarryd took the time to answer our questions about his experience as it pertains to sun protection, skin health and prevention and detection.
Coming directly from the sun, UV radiation permeates 90% of cloud coverage, and can reflect off the surfaces of concrete, sand, and even snow. That means even the cloudiest and coldest of days cannot shield us from UV exposure.