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03-04-2017, 06:43 AM   #1
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Hey all!

I've been taking azathioprine for 6 months now and I am really starting to pick up and I've come on leaps and bounds so that's great.

I've booked a week's holiday in Majorca for the first week in May and I'm a bit worried about sun exposure. It's not something I've had to worry about through our glorious British winter, and I do use a factor 50 oil free sunscreen on my face anyway to try and keep my rosacea in check.

I'm torn between wanting to go out and enjoy the sun while I can, and hiding away in the hotel room the whole time. Obviously I'm not going to bake myself for hours on end as I'm incredibly fair skinned and I never tan, just burn!

Do any of you guys in warmer climes have any tips for me? I don't know if I will have an appointment come through to see the nurse or consultant before I go to ask them for any tips. I'm totally happy with the aza and I've had no ill effects whatsoever but I do want to be careful, but not let that hold me back either!

I'm guessing just the standard stay inside during hottest periods, wear a hat, stay covered up and use sunscreen are a given and are common sense anyway but are there any additional things I could/should be doing?

Thanks in advance!
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03-04-2017, 06:47 AM   #2
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I can't think of anything else. Enjoy your time in Majorca.

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03-04-2017, 06:48 AM   #3
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Thank you, just got to try and find some insurance that doesn't cost the earth now! ;-)
03-04-2017, 08:12 AM   #4
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Long sleeve SPF shirts are great. There are some that are quick drying you can wear with a bathing suit and others that are button down and more to wear with shorts or a skirt. Check out Lands End or Sierra Trading Post for some ideas. I typically burn so wear them because of my skin tone not medication, but I would think they would work anyway.

Have a great trip!
03-04-2017, 08:13 AM   #5
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Long sleeve SPF shirts are great. There are some that are quick drying you can wear with a bathing suit and others that are button down and more to wear with shorts or a skirt. Check out Lands End or Sierra Trading Post for some ideas. I typically burn so wear them because of my skin tone not medication, but I would think they would work anyway.



Have a great trip!


Thanks, I've never heard of those! I'll look into it
03-04-2017, 11:56 AM   #6
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You will do fine just by applying sunblock and picking a shaded spot under a beach umbrella. No need to hide and cover in long clothes, just reduce time spent in direct full sun.
03-04-2017, 12:23 PM   #7
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Thanks all, I'm just not used to sunshine haha! Was getting a little paranoid
03-04-2017, 12:26 PM   #8
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It depends on how sensitive you are. I even burned the part in my hair when gardening in the back yard. I started to wear long sleeves and hats because I'd burn so badly. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supp...s/drg-20067180
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03-04-2017, 12:27 PM   #9
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I agree with the others, just use common sense. The SPF shirts are great, my Mom uses them as she has a history of melanoma and needs to avoid getting burnt. These days you can get them in all kinds of styles too. Oh - they are often referred to as a 'rash guard' instead of a swim shirt....
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