These steps may help relieve sun allergy symptoms:
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- Avoid sun exposure. Most sun allergy symptoms improve quickly, within hours to a day or two, when the affected areas are no longer exposed to sunlight.
- Stop using medications that make you sensitive to light. If you're taking medications for other conditions, talk with your doctor about whether they may be making your skin more sensitive to the sun.
- Apply skin moisturizers. Moisturizing skin lotions can help relieve irritation caused by dry, scaly skin.
- Use soothing skin remedies. Home remedies that may help include calamine lotion and aloe vera.
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