Q. I often get a very itchy sun rash when I first go on holidays. Listerine calms it down so I can sleep and soon clears it. It also soothed an allergic reaction after a massage. I don’t travel without it.
A. We always encourage people to avoid excessive sun exposure. Spring and early summer are especially dangerous because people are pale from staying inside most of the winter.
An itchy sun rash is different from sunburn or an allergy. You may be suffering from PMLE (Polymorphous Light Eruption), a hypersensitivity to ultraviolet light that is especially common at this time of year. A dermatologist should check you out to make sure you don’t have a more serious autoimmune condition such as lupus.
Thanks for sharing your Listerine strategy. This is one we have never heard of.