Cortisone and sun: everything you need to know about the summer.

The questions regarding cortisone and the sun are always many, especially with the arrival of summer . Cortisone is in fact a photosensitizing drug. This means that sun exposure and cortisone generally don’t get along. Let’s find out why and how it is right to behave about it.

Cortisone and the sun: side effects


With the arrival of summer and the consequent desire to get a tan, many people ask themselves the fateful question: can you sunbathe while under cortisone therapy? The answer, unfortunately, is negative, as both cortisone and deltacortene and sun together can lead to even important side effects .

Among the most common are redness, patchy tan, edema, hives and blistering. Going more specifically, when it comes to cortisone and sun exposure, we encounter two types of reactions:

  • Phototoxic reactions. They occur due to the reaction of the medicine which, when exposed to sunlight, affects nearby tissues causing an increase in free radicals and damage to the skin.
  • Photoallergic reactions. They occur in the most sensitive people in the form of erythema and can occur up to 48 hours after taking cortisone-based drugs (this also applies to creams).

How to protect yourself from any exposure to the sun

That said, it is not always possible to constantly stay out of the sun. Although this is to be avoided, when you really can’t do without it, you will have to opt for very high protection sun creams. Even better if you decide to use those specially designed for the skin of babies. In this way, the most serious side effects can be avoided. Sure, maybe you won’t get tanned as hoped, but at least you will avoid skin damage.

It is good to keep in mind that to have no side effects is not enough to avoid sunbathing. On the hottest days, even simply going out to go shopping, there is the risk of excessive exposure to the sun. To avoid problems, in addition to not going out during the classic hottest hours, it is advisable to use at least a sunscreen for the face. Nose and ears are among the areas most at risk.

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