Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

The Weather and Fibromyalgia

The weather can be a real drag when you suffer from Fibromyalgia. Sunny days can cause rashes and even cause you to have a flare! Rainy days can cause a flare as well. What to do???

I have begun applying sunscreen each day as part of my morning routine. I use Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection 70 spf. It has Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 4.5% and Oxybenzone 4 % which offer broad spectrum coverage from both UVA and UVB rays. This is important for those who develop sun rashes due to Fibro and Lupus. I am one of those blessed people!

I have also invested in a few broad-rimmed hats to keep those sun beams from hitting my face and neck. I found one at Cracker Barrel Store & Restaurant this past spring and the I found two more at a Dollar General Store. (I happened upon them quite by accident as I was running in to grab something else!) I ended up buying two of them because they were-

1.) big and floppy


2.) only $6.00 each!!

I must say they are my favorite hats so far!

I am also thrilled at the clothing styles of today!!! Gone is the tight-fitting top and dress!

**Finally!! Yeah!!!**

Fibros know that loose-fitting clothing is a better choice for sensitive skin irritations! The peasant top is my new favorite. Long sleeves or at least three-quartered sleeves are a skin saver, even in summer! Yes. You read correctly. S-u-m-m-e-r. Those long sleeves are a must in summer and the peasant top offers loose-fitting, long sleeves that actually keep you cool!! I invested in several of them-some from Cracker Barrel (I love that store!) and some from Kohl’s and one I found on clearance at Wal-Mart!

Regardless of where you shop, just make sure your arms are covered and you stay cool! (That sounds like an oxymoron…stay covered and stay cool…haha)

….and don’t forget the sunscreen! All these precautions may not prevent a flare, but they may help minimize them.

Happy August-stay covered and cool!


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