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Link Between PCOS And Hyperphotosensitivity?

Link Between PCOS And Hyperphotosensitivity?

I was just wondering if anyone else has problems with hyperphotosensitivity? I burn really badly. It started when I was in my early 20s - I got second degree burns on my legs after being outside for about 45 minutes and I had been wearing sun cream. At the time they told me it was the contraceptive pill I was on - it's notorious for it. I'm no longer on that pill and I'm really careful now but it's frustrating. And even on cloudy days I have to wear sunglasses because the sky is so bright. It's… read more

posted over 5 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I have photosensitive in my eyes, I will burn if I stay in the sun too long. I've been wanting to try some anti-oxidants to see if that helps with sunburn. I live in a very bright sunny part of the US, so not having sunglasses can be painful. Speaking of which, my sunglasses broke earlier this week and stepping outside after being in a dark office was painful and disorienting. The other thing is that the bright light will make me sneeze. It's called photic sneeze reflex.

posted over 5 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I was checked for rheumatism as a teenager when I first started having problems with my joints but the tests were negative then. It would be interesting to see if they've changed.

posted over 5 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

This is interesting. I wonder why there hasn't been much research done on it.

@A myPCOSteam Member I wouldn't be at all surprised if I had one. I have serious issues with my cartilage. But no, I've never had it investigated.

posted over 5 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I live in New Zealand, we have a hole in our ozone so I can't actually tell if I'm burning a lot easier because of pcos as I'm getting older or if it is because of the hole

posted over 5 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

I cannot tolerate the sun as much as others I got 3rd degree burns from a week's holiday in Jamaica and wearing factor 50 every day. I have to wear sunglasses when the sun is out I also sneeze every time I am out in the sunshine. People thought I was weird when I said "I'm allergic to the sun"

posted over 5 years ago
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