PMLE: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid sun exposure during hours of peak sun ray intensity.
  • Use sunscreen. Sun protection with broad spectrum sunblock that works against UVA (ultraviolet A) rays is important.
  • Apply generous amounts of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Pay special attention to your face, nose, ears, and shoulders. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure so that it has time to penetrate the skin. Re-apply after swimming and every 2 hours while you are outdoors.
  • Use sun hats, umbrellas, parasols.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Use a lip balm with sunscreen.

Watch Out

  • Rash accompanied by fever
  • Rash is widespread
  • Blistering and swelling 

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor if an allergic rah appears and your rash is
  • Widespread
  • Painful
  • Accompanied by fever

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