Sun Allergy – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

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Sun Allergy is the allergic reaction of skin that is exposed to sunlight. The area of skin exposed to hot rays of sun may develop rashes with itching. This condition is also known as solar urticaria. It may be hereditary or triggered by other factors. It is a rare type of allergy that can be affected at any age. Ayurveda explains that such a condition is manifested in individuals with aggravation of Pitha dosha. 

Causes of Sun Allergy

Sunlight allergy is caused by hyper sensitivity reaction of body towards sunlight. Sunlight activates body to produce antibodies that stimulates the secretion of histamines and other chemicals. These chemicals are responsible for allergic reactions in the body. It will be more common in people with family history of Sunlight allergy, having other allergic skin diseases, who regularly use perfumes or other irritant cosmetics etc. Mostly exposure to ultraviolet rays in sunlight cause more severe allergic reactions.

Ayurveda also says that during afternoon, there are chances for aggravation of Pitha dosha due to intensity of sunlight.

Symptoms of Sun Allergy

Signs and symptoms of Sun Allergy include:-

  • Redness of exposed skin
  • Itching 
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain
  • Small elevated rashes 
  • Dryness and scaling of skin
  • Blisters

These are usually seen only on exposed skin. Symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after exposure.

Associated Symptoms of Sun Allergy Include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Breathing difficulty

According to Ayurveda, the symptoms of aggravated Pitha dosha are burning sensation, redness, warmth, fainting, loss of consciousness, etc. 

Ayurvedic Reference of Sun Allergy

Ayurvedic Reference of Sun Allergy

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Ayurvedic Treatment for Sun Allergy

Ayurveda has an effective treatment for sunlight allergy. Ayurvedic management includes internal medicines as well as external therapies.

Internal Medicines for Sun Allergy

  • Padoladi Kashaya
  • Panchatiktaka Kashaya 
  • Guluchyadi Kashaya
  • Nimbamrutasava
  • Avipathi Choorna
  • Tiktaka Grita
  • Pravala Bhasma
  • Sidhamakaradhwaja
  • Haridrakhanta

External Medicines for Sun Allergy

External application of the following medicines is also very useful.

  • Eladigana Choorna
  • Kumkumadi Lepa
  • Nalpamaradi Kera
  • Sudha Durvadi Kera

Treatment Procedures for Sun Allergy

  • Virechana (Purgation) 
  • Raktamoksha (Blood-Letting) 
  • Lepana (Medicinal Paste)
  • Takradhara (Pouring Medicated Buttermilk)

Single Herbs in the Management of Sun Allergy

  • Kumari (Aloe vera)
  • Chandana (Santalum album)
  • Usheera (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Durva (Cynodon dactylon)
  • Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
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Diet Management in Psoriasis

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Consume old harvested grains and cereals
  • Include more fruits and vegetables in the diet
  • Drink warm water
  • Drink adequate water
  • Green gram
  • Pomegranate
  • Gooseberry
  • Take food only after digestion of the previous meal
  • Expose to mild sunlight daily at the morning and evening
  • Mild to moderate exercise
  • Maintain personal, social, and environmental hygiene
  • Sleep approximately for 7 hours per day
  • A positive and stress-free mind
  • Maintain healthy and happy relation between friends and relatives

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Excessive sweet, salty, spicy and sour food
  • Fermented food
  • Soft drinks
  • Non-vegetarian diet
  • Curd
  • Pappad
  • Black gram
  • Old and refrigerated food
  • Reheated food
  • Alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Working in AC room for a long time
  • Day sleep
  • Stress and mental tension

Yoga and Pranayama in Sun Allergy

Yoga helps to increase blood circulation which in turn aids in the healing of rashes and blisters. It also helps to relieve mental stress and to energize body cells. Following Yoga postures will be especially beneficial for skin health:-

  • Trikonasana 
  • Uthanasana
  •  Janu sirasana
  • Pawanamuktasana
  • Chakrasana

Pranayama is also beneficial to purify blood and increase its oxygen carrying capacity. It helps to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is Sun allergy caused?

Answer: Sun allergy is caused by exposure to severe sunlight that results in hypersensitivity of skin manifested allergic reactions.

Question: What are the Symptoms of Sun allergy?

Answer: The major symptoms of sun allergy are appearance of rashes, burning sensation, itching etc. on exposed skin, fainting due to dehydration, head ache, nausea etc.

Question: Is Ayurveda having Effective Treatment for Sun Allergy?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda has effective remedial measures for Sun allergy. It incorporates internal medicines as well as external applications for the management of Sun allergy.

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