canker sores from sun exposure

tootswisc(z4/5Wi)June 19, 2006

I have been gardening gardening gardening. I hate to admit this but I don't use sun block. I have had 2 terrible outbreaks of canker sores this past month. My doctor friend states because of global warming, sun exposure can lower your immune system and may be a contributing factor to canker sores. So now I plan to get a gardening hat and use sun block. Has anyone heard of this?

I am a bit stressed up right now because my Aunt is on that slippery Alzheimer's down hill slide. She feels quite comfortable having me be her only link to the world. Thank God she is at Kelly House. Of course, Kelly House is wear I have gardening the most so along with finding help with my Aunt, I need to find a gardeners to help me with my weeds!

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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

I hadn't heard about a connection between global warming and lower immune systems. (I always get immune boosts in the summer...?) I have heard about - and experienced - the connections between stress and lower immune systems, though.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 12:01PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I hadn't heard of this connection, but will concur abt sunscreen:

You really, really, really need to use it. At least a number 15, anytime you're out (I'm a bit skeptical of the higher numbers)

Said by a Brown Eyed, Brown haired woman, who resisted sunscreen for years. But I was raised in tropical Rio de Janeiro, was sunburned quite often in childhood (had nicknames like 'Tomato-Face' 'cause I was often so red), so after realizing I was particularly at risk, I started using it pretty religiously. Also, I'm a beachgoer & live close to the beach, but after learning this, I usually restrict my beaching to at least after 3 pm.

You might consider (if scheduling allows) to garden before 11 AM & after 3 PM, both times are thought to be safer in that the sun tends to be less intense, esp. in summer!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 5:09PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

yowz! i haven't been on the forums in awhile, but what an appropriate subject for me to comment on...

since moving to the blasted desert, i have had a TON of sun-related complications. not only do i have a strict lotion regiment, but i got lips so chapped that applying chapstick sealed in a staph infection. by the time i got in to see a GP as a new patient, this thing had been raging for a month and it took another month look normal.

THEN i got a nasty rash that i'm still waiting for the biopsy results for. as posited by the derm., it could be one of three sun-related conditions: lupus, eczema or polymorphous light eruptions.

i've never burned in my life and i have darker skin so sun had never been a problem in oregon. i didn't start wearing daily SPF30 until march-ish but by then it was too late. i only walk 4-5 blocks to my building, but i guess that was enough. now i use SPF30 every day, wear a hat and carry an umbrella (like the asian that i am) and/or wear a long sleeved shirt. :P i'm on 60mg/day of prednisone and heavy steroid creams for the rash. i'm too dang young and attractive to have a gross skin condition!


    Bookmark   June 23, 2006 at 6:35PM
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Hi Diane,

I assume that your definition of canker sore is exclusively in the mouth. I have never heard of sun causing those if that's where they are. My wife gets cold sores on her lips. If she doesn't wear sunscreen on her face and especially some kind of lip balm with SPF 15 or higher, she will get cold sores on her lips every time she is in the sun.

I hope that you are able to find a remedy for those canker sores. I suffered from them for years until I got on a good antidepressant. They immediately went away.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2006 at 6:46AM
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It's not the sun- its a global warming thing and the ozone. I guess it is UV exposure I have sun block on now though and my mouth is fine-I can kiss gil again. that was strange not being able to kiss my husband for a couple of weeks!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2006 at 1:24PM
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