A New Hypothesis: Can Moderate Sun Exposure Prevent SLE Flare-Ups?
I am currently studying the relationship between vitamin D and the immune system, specifically in relation to SLE patients. Despite my research, I have found limited information on the exact reasons why sun exposure may be harmful to those with SLE.
I am particularly interested in learning about the duration of sun exposure that is considered harmful, as well as the biological mechanisms that occur within our cells during exposure to UVA and UVB radiation.
How much is too much time for an SLE patient? And even, could moderate sun exposure maybe reduce the likelihood of flare-ups by increasing the activated forms of Vitamin D?
I believe this information is crucial in order to provide clear and specific guidance to those with SLE.
The general recommendation from rheumatologists to avoid sun exposure at all costs seems too vague and generic, especially considering that individuals have different skin types and varying levels of susceptibility to skin damage.
I am hoping to connect with others who may have come across similar research, or who are currently studying this topic. If you have any insights or resources to share, I would greatly appreciate it.