I think I have a tendency to be a little bit of a hypochondriac.Â I don’t mean to be, but sometimes I hear symptoms of illnesses and they just seem to exactly match something that happened to me at one time or another.
I’ve diagnosed myself with PMLE or polymorphous light eruption, and I don’t think it’s the hypochondriac in me talking here.Â PMLE is basically an allergy to the sun.
I blame it on spring.Â When the weather is nice, the girls and I love to go outside and play.Â When we would come inside, I noticed that my skin would get itchy.Â I didn’t think much of it until the itch kept persisting.Â I wasn’t using any new soaps or detergents and I couldn’t think of anything that would be causing the itch.Â Then I noticed I was only itching on my arms and my neck — areas where the sun hit me.
I tested my hypothesis and found that every time I went outside, I would itch the rest of the day.Â Finally, I googled my condition.
Turns out 10-15% of the population experiences this fun phenomenon.
Turns out it affects women more than men.
Turns out it often appears out of the blue in young adults.
Turns out there really is no cure except to expose your skin to the sun and wait for your skin to get used to the sun.
Turns out this may happen to me every spring.
Do you know how uncomfortable it is to have your skin constantly itch?Â I find myself alternating between trying not to itch and itching so violently that I draw blood.
It seems I have a knack of coming down with crazy medical conditions.Â I am not amused.