July has been declared UV Safety Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.
Too much exposure to UV rays can lead to health conditions, including skin cancer. Prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays may weaken a person’s immune system, leading to lower resistance to many health problems including allergies and infections.
UV rays from the sun and artificial sources such as tanning beds can cause sunburn and rashes and can even contribute to allergic reactions. In addition, exposure to UV rays can also result in premature aging of the skin and sun damage such as actinic keratosis, solar elastosis, and liver spots.
Exposure to UV rays is not altogether harmful. The skin produces vitamin D naturally when exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Exposure to UV rays becomes dangerous only when it becomes excessive.
Vitamin D has many benefits, including the ability to ward off infections, reduce inflammation and provide relief to people who suffer from allergy. Vitamin D is regarded as a super nutrient because of it imparts so many benefits. In fact, it has even been found to help with weight loss.
Studies have shown that children who suffer from asthma and seasonal allergies are often deficient in vitamin D. Children with healthy levels of vitamin D are less susceptible to allergies. Studies have also shown that taking vitamin D supplements may help with seasonal allergy symptoms and chronic hives. Chronic hives is an allergic skin condition that manifests with itchy, red welts on the skin, at times accompanied by swelling. Researchers have shown that the severity of chronic hives decreased after a week of vitamin D therapy.
If you are getting your recommended dose of Vitamin D but still have allergy symptoms, consult a specialist. Children living in the Mesa area of Arizona could consult a Mesa allergy doctor for testing and treatment for kids allergies in Mesa. Treatment is available through subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) and sublingual immunotherapy (oral allergy drops). Kids often do better with the allergy drops because they are safer than shots, less invasive, and can be taken at home rather than at the doctor’s office.