Some Light Bulbs Causing Serious Problems for Lupus Patients:
Causing Serious Problems for Lupus Patients:Kyra Miller of West Rogers Park contacted NBC 5 Responds to help her shine light on an issue that she said impacts photosensitive people. She said her solution is as easy as changing a light bulb.“My goal is to have hospitals and high schools and universities switch over to LED by 2020,” Miller said.Miller, 46, was diagnosed with Lupus six years ago. The autoimmune disease can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs. The disease impacts 1.5 million Americans and many patients experience photosensitivity to UV.
Miller said she is highly-sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) from the sun, which requires her to wear a hat and gloves outside no matter the temperature.“People think a little suspiciously of me because I’m a masked woman and they think, ‘what is she doing?’” Miller said.Miller told NBC 5 Responds certain indoor lights that emit UV can also make her sick, especially when she finds herself in hospitals or other buildings for long stretches of time while recovering from Lupus flares.“I’m always asking the nurses, can you please turn off the lights?” Miller said.