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randibear
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Now I aint planning on sunbathing and I aint tAking no trips in a car either buuuutttt

I need to shop. You know walmart and groceries..going out to eat.. basically walking across a parking lot into the drs office...

Normal stuff. Its hot here 103 and all..

But I cant hide inside....so how many minutes? Its about 10 minutes to walmart 20 minutes to costco.

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I think everyone is effected differently while on doxy. We did not experience photosensitivity while being outside for an hour and we are in full sun and 95. We did use 60+ sunscreen.

If you think you are sensitive then wear long sleeves and a baseball cap.

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randi, you should be fine for these normal short trips.

I don't even bother with sunscreen for these kinds of trips, and I am blonde and blue eyed.

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Not being a fan of anything chemical slathered onto skin, if the parking lot walk is more than a half block (and it can be quite a hike), I would have on hand:

Long sleeve tightly woven but loose-fitting white cotton blouse that can be carried even in a purse or worn as a light jacket for inside air conditioning would work well for sun exposures of this type.

A hat with a brim for face and ears, too.

Some even need to wear white cotton gloves in their car - and be mindful of their face and ears, too. Be sure to avoid that kind on through the window sun exposure, too.

Most pharmacies carry "treatment gloves" which are thin (and light weight) white cotton for greasy hand treatments overnight. They work well for a light sun barrier, too, if the weave or knit is not too loose.
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I agree with Keebler.

I burnt in less than 5 minutes...sitting in a car.

My hands and my nose burnt so badly-the hands still have the scars and that was in June.

I was wearing 30spf sunscreen and applied it every hour.

I wore a long sleeve shirt and it saved my arms from scarring.

Best cover up and wear a hat to cover your ears neck and nose.

And sunglasses.

And please put sunscreen on the tops of your hands.

I don't normally burn-ever.

But the doxy burn was like a bad oven burn. Awful.

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Remember, every body is different. I work in the yard all day long on the weekends, no sunscreen and high Doxy - I have a really great tan! No burns!

Don't do this until you know what the Doxy is doing to YOUR body though. Every body is different!!!!

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We used to live in TX. It's crazy hot there. I would wear a hat to and from the stores. That sun is just so intense.

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Well, it's now September (can ya Bleeve it?) but you're down South.
Around here, a UV index of 7 is as high as we get this time of year. Consequently, I'd currently limit direct exposure to 5 to 10 minutes on a 'clear' day... Without Sunscreen, that is.
(Of course, it also depends on the "doxy" level in your skin. I'm assuming 200mg twice a day orally?)

If you put on sunscreen with a rating of atleast 45, I think you'll be fine, though for those long walks- like to Costco (20 minute walk each way??), I'd heed the above advice & wear a hat & long sleeves.

A baseball cap probably isn't the best choice, though. Go with a wide-brim hat, & a top that's made from light-colored (or white) thin, *dense* cloth... that doesn't let thru the direct rays of the sun. You'll look like Katherine Hepburn.

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Comes down to two basic considerations:

1. Risk assessment. The kind of chemical burns that come with doxycycline for most humans can be very severe - even scarring &/or life-threatening.

Every now and then someone reports that their body lets them get a free pass (but for some of those, that free pass can change out of the blue - and result in surprise & serious burn).

And every now and then, someone who forgot or refused precautions suffers long and hard. More often, the misery is manageable but still misery and more complicated than a typical sun burn w/o doxy.

2. Luck. If precautions are not taken and if you want to rely on luck.
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A sun umbrella specifically made for & rated for prevention is also a good idea. Keep one in all cars you travel, by the door, etc.
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well it's 103 today and of course, bright sun.

i've been staying indoors alot. running around in a car has not been a priority right now but eventually i'll have to go to grocery store.

we'll see. even at 7 or 8 at night it's light outside.

i've known people tho were outside only a short time.

wish he would have given me something else tho...

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I'm sure everyone is different. But, my daughter was on doxy for over a year without any reaction. (I was always reminding her and very concerned too. We were careful, but she is a teen and likes the sun). I assumed maybe she was one that could tolerate it. Still applied sunscreen and usually tried to limit exposure.

We were at a lake and were less than vigilant... she started to feel pain INSIDE which developed into actual burns on the OUTSIDE on the top of her hands. Very painful and may scar.

(was taking Cipro too, so may have worsened the reaction.) Discontinued doxy at that time.

Be careful!

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I know people who surfed in the ocean while on doxy (no issues). Everyone is different. I agree with Sick though, be careful (sunblock helps).

I also wore gloves in my car so my hands wouldn't burn. It wasn't my favorite thing to do, but it was better than burning my hands. And definitely a sun hat will help.

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