I am allergic to the sun – Part 1

I am a Zambian and grew up in Zambia, meaning that my body has no problems with the sun.  At least, that is what one would expect.  That was the fact until my twenties.

First it started hives on my arm when it was exposed to the sun.  A pharmacist gave me some ointment and all was well for several years.  Then a few years ago I started getting hives on my neck when I was in the sun, even for a short period.  A seasoned (aka senior citizen) dermatologist in Austria gave me some medications which did not work.  I asked a pharmacist when I visited Prague and his solutions also did not work.

Well, I went to Zambia and decided to see a pharmacist.  I went into a pharmacy, looked at the pharmacist and immediately turned to leave.  She called out to me and asked if she could help.  In my heart I said “definitely not!”, but my mouth “yes, please. I have this issue.”  She gave me hydrocortisone and I told her that it did not work. She kept quiet for a while and then said “ha! use some sunscreen. Use this every time you go outside, especially for your neck.”  Being the street dermatologist that I am, I told her that I did not need it because I am black. She advised that everyone, in spite of their race, needs it.

I applied the sunscreen immediately and went about my business which involved a lot of walking in the sun and was impressed with the results.  I had no hives! Needless to say, I have not had hives since except the one time I forgot to apply ‘my’ sunscreen.

Now for the reason why I wanted to walk away from the pharmacy without any consultation.  Well, so called pharmacist was 12 years old (or so she looked).  I thought about the seasoned Austrian dermatologist and Czech pharmacist – they could not help me, so how could a baby pharmacist help?!!  She proved me wrong and I felt really embarrassed.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. krc
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 10:42:48

    my mother had a sydden alkergic reaction to the sun also one day

    hives n swollen reddish skin

    oddly it didnt happen again though

    great post


  2. Otto von Münchow
    Aug 21, 2019 @ 22:59:12

    Never disregard the young ones. They know more than most of us! As somebody else noted, she found the simple and working solution.


  3. anotherday2paradise
    Aug 14, 2019 @ 15:30:41

    So glad you got the right answer eventually. 🙂


  4. allysoally
    Aug 13, 2019 @ 09:47:23

    Very interesting and quite a simple solution…


  5. tanjabrittonwriter
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 23:32:08

    I am glad you are able to go outside now without breaking out in a rash!


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