Since I haul out all my trivial drivel and foist it on youse folks, many probably don't think I have a serious thought or problem. But I do, and it's a conundrum.
I apparently have an allergy that's caused by the Sun. It started a couple years ago. I've gone through every fomula of sun screen on the market, but have come to the conclusion this year that the condition exists without sunscreen.
The result is causing my skin to itch like I've had a gazillion skeeter bites.
I've taken my medication list to 3 seperate pharmacists, to see what formula of anti-itch junk I can put on my hands and neck to stop the itching, but have had no luck stopping it yet.
I do take meds since my angioplasty 8 years ago...for blood pressure and cholesterol lowering. I suspect the use of those meds has caused my immune system to no longer reject the allergic reaction to the sun.
Obviously I wear long sleeves, gloves, and large brimmed hat when having to sit in the sun while judging. At the last assignment, the club had a canopy I sat under, which helped immensely, but I still had to be out in the sun off and on during the day, and I itched like mad for a couple of days afterward, and could find no relief until the 'sunburn' wore off.
I've tried the 'home' remedies...alchohol, vinegar etc. Plus all the 'store-bought' salves, sprays, and lotions from Gold Bond to Lanacaine...from Hydrocortisone to Calimine lotion. I've taken Benedryl and other brands of antihistamines, as well as pills for hives and that family of "itch-makers".
So, as you can see, I'm running out of ideas to even try to resolve the problem. Subsequently I'm turning to the RTF family to see if any of you have had this or a similar problem, and what worked for them. Not only would I appreciate suggestions for helping to eliminate the sun from attacking the skin, (other than staying indoors)... but also any remedy you think might stop the itching.
I've even gone to a dermatologist, which was a disaster. Her prescrition caused the itching to amplify, and her idea for a prescribed sun screen seemed to magnify the sun, and I burned worse than if I'd worn nothing.