Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sun Sensitivity Caused by Meds

My friends can always spot me at the community outdoor pool in the summer. I'm the gal in the long sleeve zip up w/ a big floppy brimmed hat & long sloppy pants &flip flops (with my feet glistening from all the sunscreen & my exposed tops of hands white from the zinc oxide!).

Yes, I am just a little aware of the sun & its affects & am a little religious about my covering up (even biking & running). And so, my little fishies in the summer time, are also in their long sleeve rash guards with glowing white faces due to sunscreen.

Charlotte's "sister" Addison, her JRA BFF (preschool buddies & future kindergarten classmates), recently had a reaction to their sunscreen a few weeks ago. Or so they thought.
So I gave her Momma our newest find to try & there was no reaction! Winner!

But today her pediatrician asked a pertinent question: "The reaction was only on her neck & face? Then that's not a sunscreen reaction or it would be everywhere you had applied sunscreen."

Addison is on a drug for her arthritis called Methotrexate. The pediatrician clued into this & it was an "AHA!" because taking methotrexate can cause "sun-sensitivity." And it truly did with Addison in a bad reaction sorta way during their vacation in Texas where the sun is MORE than intense, its just plain HOT down there!

Charlotte & Addison take Methotrexate at home, once a week, thru a shot given by us! In our case, we are now giving Charlotte her Methotrexate orally, but its the same "stuff." Methotrexate interferes with the growth of certain cells of the body, especially cells that reproduce quickly, such as cancer cells, bone marrow cells, and skin cells.
Methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer of the breast, skin, head and neck, or lung. Methotrexate is also used to treat severe psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
In the Arthritis world, Methotrexate is the go-to drug. Its very common that most all the JRA children we know are on MTX (abbreviated) or have been at one time or another & now are weened off due to successful body response.
So now Addison's Momma is shopping for new rashguards with new knowledge.
And maybe her momma will join me in my "look" at the pool!
Covering up is the the new bikini you know!
Happy Birthday Addison! Happy 3rd birthday TODAY! :) We love you lots!!!


Anonymous said...

Are you using that new Neutrogena sunscreen? I've found that a lot of the physical ones just run off once I'm out exercising.

Also, does that Coolibar stuff really keep you cool in the sun?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

You are very impressive in your cover-ups. I am taking baby steps - making strides between the 20-30 minutes in the sun w/o sunscreen (my vitamin D levels are extremely low) and then slathering up.

You remain my hero.

Karen said...

ahhh yes Katie had that reaction in 2007 when we went to Florida, we live in Scotland, sun is useless here so going stateside caused her to collapse in Disney, thankfully the paramedics were more than aware of this and we now know for future holidays :)

Come to Scotland for your holidays you wont need to worry about the sun, just bring wellington boots and a rain coat you should be fine :)