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How to Handle Common Summer Rashes

Polymorphic Light Eruption (PMLE)

Often mistaken for sun poisoning, PMLE is a reaction that light-sensitive individuals, usually those prone to sunburn, have after their first few exposures to sunlight each year.

Spot it: Tiny red pimples or blisters, the size of goose bumps, appear on the skin up to a day after sun exposure. The inflammation occurs most often on the chest and neck.

Treat it: This usually goes away on its own within 7 to 10 days. Use a hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine to alleviate any itching or discomfort.

Prevent it: Gradually increase your body's exposure to the sun during the spring months to get used to the sun's intense rays. Wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, staying in shaded areas, and wearing protective clothing also helps.