Friday, May 18, 2012

Embarrassing Things About Myself: Sunrash

Linking up with yeahwrite! I know I'm early this week, but I'll be offline moving all weekend...]

Hi all. You know what I thought would be fun? If I were to share embarrassing things about myself.

Imaginary Reader: You already do that! Remember how needy and insecure you get?
Hey hey hey, screw YOU. This is different.
Imaginary Reader: How?!
It just is.

Anyways! So it’s finally May. Which means springtime and nice weather and bright shining sunshine.
Mr. Sun is gonna fuck you up.
Unfortunately, I have this embarrassing reaction to the sun. See, I don’t just burn (but I mean, I do burn. I totally burn.) I also get this weird itchy sunrash every spring. It goes away after a few times in the sun, but it’s annoying and looks kind of like poison ivy.

Normal Arm:

My arm:


Imaginary Reader: That’s not a real thing.
Actually asshole, it is. See here  and here. I’m allergic to the sun y’all.


I heard that you can grow out of it, so every year I hope for the best. And every year I go out in the sun and transform:

Of course, this year I saw Boyfriend the next day. He was not sympathetic.





Uncool, Boyfriend.

60 comments:

  1. Sun allergy is totally a thing! And nothing to be embarrassed about. But I thought you go seaside with Boyfriend all the time, no? That sucks, but at least you won't be all riddled with skin cancer like the rest of us who are careless with our sun basking.

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  2. Haha, ouch. bad reaction there boyfriend! I don't get a rash, but I totally get the sun itch.. if it's a hot day and I don't have fabric that is baby blanket soft covering my arms, they start to feel like an army of fire ants just decided to rage a war against them

    Seriously

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  3. I don't get a rash - but I turn sooooooo red! The doctor asked me if I drink a lot because of my red cheeks, and that was without sun... so add the sun in and I'm a real clown.

    Tut Tut Boyfriend.... this is not the way.

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  4. :( That's no fun. I don't know what I would do if I ended up with a rash from the sun.

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  5. isn't there a movie with Nicole Kidman about ghosts? And her kids are allergic to the sun? What is it called? What is it called?!

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  6. That does suck! I would definitely remember boyfriend's response so you can replicate it if he ever gets a rash. Isn't boyfriend aware of the adage "what goes around, comes around"? or "payback is hell".

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  7. That sucks. My step-father recently started getting sun rashes. It's weird because he's got a dark complexion. Anyway, I just burn because I'm pretty pale. Hopefully, this year's the year that you kick the allergy.

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  8. I heard about this. I also heard the best thing to do is drink more vodka than wine. The high alcohol level will help fight the allergies. Word. Yo. Go vodka!

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  9. I used to get that too. After a long, dull, grey British winter, I'd be outside for 15 minutes on the first spring day of sunshine, and develop crazy red bits at the ends of my sleeves and around my neck. Stupid body, what are you doing?

    Haven't had it for a couple of years though, so maybe you will grow out of it!

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  10. LOL. It totally is a thing! My nephew gets this too the first few days out in the sun.

    Your boyfriend sounds supportive...and hilarious.

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  11. I have a red nose, and my name is not Rudolph. I am subject to hives and all sorts of rashes. But at least I don't have the heartbreak of psoriasis.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. I get heat rash too. If we go South, I'm ok for the first two or three days...then? Itchy and red and yucky. And it's always at its worst on my back, in the one spot that I can't reach to scratch.

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  13. Aw poor you. You're fortunate you don't live here though. Sunshine is prety intense throughout the year.

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  14. Aw, that's too bad! Have you had it checked? Maybe they have some topical meds you can use.

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  15. I get heat rash when I exercise. It's disgusting. That's why I have to settle for running, yoga, or lifting weights at home. Then my sweaty self stinks up my living room, which is even more disgusting.

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  16. I get heat bumps all over my hands. They haven't appeared yet, probably because it's still like the middle of Winter here (stupid weather, I want some sun!) It got so bad one year that I couldn't do anything with my hands, because the heat bumps were so painful! They always go away after a couple of weeks though :)

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  17. i also get sunrash. it goes away after some time but it's not attractive when i'm experiencing it !!

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  18. Boyfriend should lick you rash. That's what I think.

    ~The G is Silent

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  19. My youngest has this happen. I'm sure she's going to hate it as she gets older - if it continues into adulthood!

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  20. That's rough...I'm hopeless in the sun and burn really easily but I imagine this can be a real pain

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  21. Many years ago when I was a teen my best friend could not be in the sun at all. She wanted the sexy tanned look and bought artificial tan her skin turned bright orange and nothing would remove it from her skin she remained bright orange all summer.

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  22. Sunrash buddies unite. I walked outside once for 15 minutes in Mexico and my neck started reacting. It was that bad.

    My cousin gets cold rashes so yeah, opposite side of the spectrum.

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  23. Got my *first* ever sunburn at 26. I was PISSED! I thought it may have been a one-time thing since I was taking a new anti-baby medication but I burned my chest and shoulders this weekend in AC. It won't stop me at all. I live for the sun.

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  24. OMG OMG Oh Em GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! You are me. Or I am you. Or maybe we are just sunrash sisters. I tan quite well, hardly ever burn. But then, last week I lied out in the sun and a few hours later I had this red, bumpy, itchy gross rash all over my arms, legs, ears and face. I thought I was having an allergic reaction, but a few days later my friend was like, dude you totally have sun poisoning. I thought she was crazy. I was only in the sun for an hour and I didn't even burn. But now I'm thinking she just may have been right. Since you and I both have it, I think it must mean we are cool and trendsetters and everyone is going to want to have gross rashes just like us.

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  25. Ouch. That sounds... fun... I think you should rub your sunrashed parts all over your boyfriend. HA!

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  26. oh man. that is not cool. i don't get a sun rash, the sun just bounces off my super white skin, and blesses the person next to me with a warm healthy glow. i swear.

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  27. I don't get rashes, just wrinkly leathery skin:( Funny, as usual!

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  28. Haha! Bad boyfriend. That is not cool. I burn horribly the first 22 times I go in the sun each summer. Then I peel. It's very attractive. I blame the Irish genes that make up at least 33% of my DNA. Gah.

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  29. Our D1 has the same issue. It will be her first summer living in a very HOT state. I hope she doesn't come home looking like a huge raspberry in August. :(

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  30. Thanks - you made me laugh. Love the illustrations.

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  31. LOL ... not at you ... with you :) ... my daughter grew out of an allergy to the cold ... cold air, cold water, snow, rain, etc., ... it's not fun and I don't know why people think it's contagious ... sorry that your boyfriend was uncool!

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  33. That would totally suck. if it were me I'd be pissing and moaning about it from sun up to sundown.

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  34. Yeah, I'm allergic to the sun too... During summer (because let's be real, I do NOT go outside during winter... I'm in Canada here, it gets really fucking cold!), I have to take Reactine everyday and if I go out, out - like to the beach or something - then, at night, I also have to take Benadryl. Or else, Holy Rashy! And sun burn as well as vomiting and other stupid shit like that. Sooooooooo fun!

    But the Reactine and Benadryl (plus sunscreen) do help... somewhat. But I'm like allergic, allergic to the sun. Forever and always. And I still have to stay in the shade as much as possible. However, for someone only mildly allergic, they'd probably work really well. If you try them, maybe you won't have the rash problem. And then Boyfriend wouldn't be so jerkish (which, BTW, was very uncool Boyfriend...).

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  35. Bad boyfriend, bad.

    You're gonna hate me, but I have the opposite problem. If I go in the sun for five minutes I come back all tan and sexy. People always say "you're so tan!" and I look at them guiltily and say "I know" :( "I mowed the lawn" lol.

    Think of it like this, you're going to age better than me.

    How did your move go? Total SUCKVILLE? Well I hope it's over!

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  36. Understatement of the day: That must suck!!

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  37. I'm pale and allergic to the sun, too! When everyone else is tanning, I'm burning and splotching.

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  38. Oh no! My 6 year old gets this too. It really bothers him. It's so sad. We have that "gaelic" skin. You know, immediately red flushed and splotchy just walking to the mailbox or breathing heavy.

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  39. I thought a peanut & tree nut allergy was bad! How do you avoid the sun? I'm imagining full body suits, gloves, & hat just to take out the trash.
    I hope this year is your year...or next year.

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  40. My daughter is allergic to rapid changes in temperature. She can't get hot and sweaty and then jump in a cold pool.

    Like epi-pen allergic. At least you don't have to take a needle in the thigh for being in the sun, so you got that going for ya.

    WG
    http://itsmynd.com

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  41. I've heard of that. It's definitely real. More nightlife for you!

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  42. Perhaps you should fill Boyfriend's sunscreen bottle with mayo and see how it works for him.

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  43. Boyfriend better get his butt in gear and rub some lotion on your sunrash. Poor you!

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  44. Ha! (Now repeat ten times.)

    Another winner! (So when is your book coming out!?)

    I'm OK in the sun, but my son's hair was sooooo long for sooo long (ha, pun intended, if it was a pun, I meant it). Anyway, he finally allowed me to cut his hair, that is to say, shave his head (so he could be like all the other cool seven-year-old boys in his class, thank you peer pressure!). But he came home from school today with a sunburned neck! WTF! (He does break out when he's in the grass, bumps everywhere.)

    Can't wait to laugh about your move, I mean read about your move! LOL.

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  45. That stinks - or burns - or whatever. It's bad. Sun bad! I've had several horrific burns, but I haven't gotten a rash just for being out in the sun. Definitely part vampire you are.

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  46. What a freaking bummer!!! I would have shaved boyfriend's hair while he slept ;)

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  47. I usually burn more than tan, but I've never experienced a sun rash. That must be so uncomfortable.

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  48. Oh dear. It sure does look painful, but the graphical images make it so funny.

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  49. Love that you can create such amazing drawing and laugh at things that might not be so much fun.

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  50. dude, it's rash week. so sorry, hope you're feeling better and tan and lovely quickly - let's hope we can put all rashes behind us!

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  51. You will be a beautiful 60 year old. You made me laugh. Again. Erin

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  52. The sun is overrated. I live in the Pacific Northwest. We don't see much of it.

    Loved your post!
    Pippi

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  53. suggest to him that your rash presents a lovely opportunity for lotion rubbing & other such soothing actions. a sort of every rash has a silver lining sort of thing...?

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  54. Hey, are you wearing sunscreen when this happens to you? Sometimes chemical sunscreens can enhance this reaction. SunBLOCKS (like with zinc oxide, it comes in clear) will be better.
    And your sun looked so cheerful. Ellen

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  55. Thanks for the smile. Happy to have stumbled here.

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  56. That's no fun. I'm just pale and burn easily, which is more lame than anything. Being a vampire could be fun, though. Minus the murdering people anyway.

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