Sun hives, solar urticaria or sun allergy as it also known is an allergic reaction to sunlight which causes hives to appear on the skin when exposed to the sun, even for a short period of time. Sun hives is a sub-set of hives. Hives impacts around 20% of all people at some point in their lives.
Hives appear as red spots or welts on the skin and are highly irritable. Chronic cases can lead to headaches, vomiting and nausea and also lightheadedness. Hives can last for a short period of time or for a period lasting several weeks or more. Sun hives may be triggered by sun exposure many only for a matter of minutes.
Living with sun hives can be very debilitating. In addition to the physical impact of the condition it can adversely impact peoples mental wellbeing.
Solbari has developed a sensitive fabric range which is suited to individuals with sun hives. Our Sensitive fabric is made from a natural blend of organic cotton bamboo. The fabric is super soft on the skin which helps reduce irritation. The natural fibres regulate body temperature which means that episodes of hives flare ups triggered by sun exposure or overheating is less likely.
The functional design of Solbari garments means that sun exposure is minimised. Also, the UPF 50+ fabric rating offers the maximum sun protection available in the World.
Solbari offers a range of specialist clothing and accessories for those with skin conditions including melanoma, skin cancer, psoriasis, eczema, hives and lupus. Solbari is based in Melbourne, Australia and has loyal customers in over 70 countries.
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