Photosensitivity to fluorescent lighting can trigger lupus flareups. Fight back and change your work environment by creating healthly lighting.
Block UV rays that trigger lupus flare-ups
Fluorescent lighting produces an enormous amount of UV radiation, which can make office lighting unbearable those with Lupus Erythematosus (lupus).
Exposure to UV rays can cause someone with lupus photosensitivity to experience weakness, lightheaded dizziness or general soreness.
Make Great Light understands how difficult living with lupus can be. Lupus flare-ups can be directly attributed to UV exposure.
Lupus Light Filters
Relief for lupus photosensitivity
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Lupus Photosensitivity: Filters Block Harmful UV Rays
If you suffer from lupus photosensitivity, sunlight and overhead fluorescent lighting can make your life miserable. However, light filters can greatly reduce your symptoms.
What Is Lupus Photosensitivity?
Lupus photosensitivity is a condition that causes painful and uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue, fever, rashes, and joint pain. Symptoms can vary dramatically amongst sufferers, and the condition can often be difficult to diagnose.
Lupus affects people who are sensitive to the UV radiation that fluorescent light produces. In many cases, sufferer’s symptoms are severe enough to require comprehensive treatment.
What Causes Lupus Photosensitivity?
The ultraviolet rays in sunlight and fluorescent lighting are responsible for a rash that often occurs on the sufferer’s skin.
In most people, damaged or dead cells in this skin are naturally eliminated quickly. But with lupus, the normal cell death occurs more often that it should. This leads to other complications including skin inflammation.
Our Responsibilities to Workers Who Have Lupus
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was created to ensure the safety of workers with disabilities. If we employ a worker who has a diagnosis of lupus, we must do all we can to avoid causing a flare-up.
In addition to the legal responsibilities, using light filters in our business is a cost-effective decision if we have workers with lupus. Flare-ups often result in time off work or even resignations.
At Make Great Light, we are happy to assist you to provide a safe and healthy environment for your staff and customers.
Resources for lupus photosensitivity
Below is a collection of various resources compiled on office lighting and lupus photosensitivity
Lupus and Working: Your Rights and Responsibilities – Marisa Zeppieri, LupusChick.com
Decreasing UV exposure from fluorescent lights – Lupus.org
Fluorescent light photosensitivity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus – Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University Medical Center