Start cautiously; some folks are more photosensitive during HCV therapy.
Being i was pretty much an outdoor person i was lucky the sun didn't cause me any problems but the heat sure got to me... As for tanning, good luck. Always tan easy but not on these meds. Not sure why but 3 different summers of treating and just wouldn't tan...
I made the mistake of going to the beach on a cloudy winter day (live in fla) had on my spf 50 and got the worst rash and i can say that was really the only time I had a rash and it never really went away. Now after being done with treatment I have returned to the beach and spf 50 still and getting burnt which I has never happened to me before treatment. So be VERY cautious i would say go with the shadey side of the pool.........
My husband has had a pretty strong reaction to the sun, made his rash much worse. Stinks because we live at the beach. Be careful.
I can't lay out in the sun for tanning purposes without treatment! Such a white girl I practically glow...I come with a warning sign for people to wear sunglasses! My summer tan consists of a sunburn... peal...back to white...
Be careful in the sun while on HCV treatmeant,,especially with Riba:
Do Sunlight and Hepatitis C Meds Mix?
Sun exposure has health benefits specific to those with Hepatitis C, yet it may be cautioned for those on combination treatment. Knowing about photosensitivity can help you overcome this Catch-22.
by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.
As one of the many amazing functions we are capable of, the human body can produce Vitamin D simply from its exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Since researchers have recognized that most people with chronic liver disease have a Vitamin D deficiency, it seems logical that those with chronic Hepatitis C seek opportunities where they can enjoy the sunshine. However, those undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C are at an increased risk of burning from the sun’s rays. Known as photosensitivity, one of the medications used in Hepatitis C combination therapy has been identified as having the potential to heighten sunburn vulnerability.
Dozens of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can increase a person’s sensitivity to sunlight. Photosensitivity is a well-known side effect that causes some people to:
· burn more easily
· burn more quickly
· get hives or rashes
· have other skin eruptions
Although it is not categorized as a common medication, the antiviral drug ribavirin may cause or enhance photosensitivity. As an integral part of the prescribed treatment for Hepatitis C, some individuals develop a rash from ribavirin – and this side effect can be exacerbated by exposure to intense sunlight or other UV light, such as tanning beds. In addition, consumers are urged to be aware of the greater potential for a photosensitive reaction when combining ribavirin with one of the above listed drugs known for increasing sensitivity to the sun. For those especially sensitive, a photosensitive reaction may also be triggered by indirect sun exposure, such as light reflected off pavement.
I'd suggest to try some small periods of exposure and see how you do. As mentioned above you are at an increased risk of sunburn, so use liberal amounts of sunscreen. The other issue is heat and sweating which can trigger a rash. If you are already having any rash or itch issues, I'd be very cautious with getting too much sun. Being in FL with temps currently in the low to mid 80's, you can get a nice burn in less than an hour without being on tx. Be careful.
No, most likely not. I went on vacation three months into tx and have been a sun tan person my whole life. First day in sun within an hour I got little red dots all over and they itched!! Stayed out of sun unless I had on light clothes. I asked this question when I got BACK from vacation! LOL. Someone suggested child's strength sun block after I mentioned smells make me nauseas. Be careful.
Thank you everyone. Has helped tremendously. Have a good night!!
I have been tanning in a booth only 5 minutes at a time. When I was exposed to the toxic mold I had a lot of skin issues and that was what my dermatoligist suggested. Just be careful not to overdue it.
The only reason I started tanning is because I was so sick and I looked like death warmed over.
Probably not a good idea...
This is super good info to have as we will soon be wanting to do spring gardening and such. I didn't know this was a potential rash trigger, and am SO grateful for the heads-up!