What is it in sunlight that causes lupus to flare and causes rashes to develop in particular?
It is the ultraviolet (UV) waves in the sunlight. Ultraviolet light in the UVA and UVB wavebands is responsible. UV light damages cells in the skin (keratinocytes) causing them to die. In healthy people without lupus, these dead cells are cleared away quickly and any inflammation induced by the sun-induced is short-lived (sunburn).
However in lupus patients, the skin cells may be more sensitive to sun-induced damage and there is increasing evidence that the dying (apoptotic) cells are not cleared away efficiently. As a result the contents of the dying cells may be released and cause inflammation. Also, cell contents such as DNA (the genetic material) and other molecules including Ro which are never normally exposed to cells of the immune system are available to generate (start) an immune response. Immune responses and inflammation are the normal reactions of the body to infection, but here they are being generated inappropriately by the dying cells and the body mounts an immune response against its own cell constituents (autoimmunity). The end result of this process in susceptible people with certain types of lupus is the development of characteristic photosensitive rashes. Antibodies to Ro, in particular, are often found in people with these rashes. Why the rashes affect only some parts of the body at any one time and are not always sun-sensitive is still not understood.
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Light as a feather, Cool as a Breeze
50+UPF fabric, provides UVA & UVB protection you never have to reapply, no mess, no missed spots!
Classic Style - The original Sunny Sleevez with hand cover that comes to a point covering up to the middle knuckle and features concealed finger loop for extra secure sun protection
Skate Style - All the same great 50+upf protection as the Classic SleeveZ but without the top of hand cover or finger loop. Skater style is loose around the wrist to give extra airflow & keep arms COOL when the temperature is HOT. For sizing measure underarm to wrist.
Compare to a regular white T shirt which gives only 10-15 spf, & is reduced to only 5 SPF when wet, Sunny Sleevez provide continuous 50+ UPF/SPF
To get the best fit for your sleeves, measure around the narrowest part of your upper arm above the bicep.
Divide this number by 2 to get the width (see chart below).
Chose the width that is 1-2 inches smaller as sleeves are very stetchy. Over time, with regular use Sleeves may relax a little.
All S, M, 0 ,1, 2, 3, Sleeves now have a loop and button feature which can be used to make sleeves up to 1 inch tighter on the upper arm.
Skate style sleeves end at the wrist & do not have the top-of-hand cover
Size is given in inches. Go to SIZING for more information if you have any questions about what the best size for you would be, either phone or fill out the contact form, include you upper arm meaurement, height and T shirt size (small, medium etc) and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be happy to assist you finding your perfect sun sleeve
kimberly, Kansas City (Submitted on 30th Apr 2019)
I received these as a gift and will definitely be ordering more
Marjorie, Texas (Submitted on 21st Jan 2019)
I have a lot of allergies and sunblock often makes me breakout in a burning rash so I got the sleeves for driving and they've been great
KIRAbuth (Submitted on 29th Jun 2018)
Overall, I like these sleeves. They are comfortable, not too hot, breathe well, and maintain their elasticity over long periods of use such that they do not fall down your arms
Mary (Submitted on 14th Nov 2015)
I like these a lot they helped with my allergic reaction to the Sun they fit good.
Gina, San Diego (Submitted on 5th Dec 2013)
Turns out I'd misread the size calculations on the order page. Anyway, I talked to Sunnysleevez customer service, can't remember the guys name but he was super helpful, and they got my size right and sent me a new pair. Love them. Thanks guys.