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Here Comes the Sun: Digital Monitoring and Pill Popping

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Here Comes the Sun: Digital Monitoring and Pill Popping
Emily Jorge, DCNP
Here Comes the Sun: Digital Monitoring and Pill Popping

Ever wonder how much ultraviolet radiation you’re actually getting from the sun? Check out these new apps and pills that may help you track or reduce the risk of sun damage.

By Emily Jorge DCNP, FNP-BC


Sun damage happens all year long, whether you’re skiing on a lake or on the snow, in the car or at the beach. UV rays penetrate clouds and glass and the effects are cumulative.  Some people don’t reapply sunscreen every 40-80 minutes and how many times have you thought, “I forgot my hat … again.”  Have you ever wondered how much ultraviolet radiation you’re actually getting? Is there a technology that can track sun damage?

  • My UV Patch:  La Roche-Posay launched the first wearable skin sensor to track UV rays in real-time.  This is a stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure and factors in skin tone.  Users download the My UV Patch mobile app that provides a personalized report, tracks exposure and informs them when the level of sun exposure might no longer be safe. Once exposed to the sun, the patch will begin to change colors, indicating the various levels of sun exposure. Go to to find out more.

Have you had melanoma in the past?  How many moles do you have on your right arm? According to the British Journal of Dermatology the number of moles on a person’s right arm can predict the number of moles on their whole body.  So if you have 11 moles on your right arm, you’re 9 times more likely to have 100 moles on your body, thus  significantly increasing your risk of melanoma.  If you’re concerned about your skin or certain skin lesions of someone in your family, you can monitor them.  Changes in your skin can be cause for concern.  Here’s how you can follow your skin closer:

  • DermLite-HUD:  This portable apparatus attaches to your smartphone using an included adapter and enables you to view and capture dermatologist-grade photos you can share with your dermatologist.  Go to this website to learn more:

Photo protection is important to prevent skin cancer, photo aging and immunosuppression.  Is there a supplement that can fight free radical damage from prolonged sun exposure besides the antioxidants in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, grapes, seeds and nuts?  Is there additional photo protection?  Let’s explore!

  • HelioCare:  Better known as Polypodium leucotomos to the academics, this fern from Central America has been undergoing multiple studies for the treatment of sunburns, vitiligo, polymorphous light eruption and more.  Early small studies demonstrate taking this in a pill form 30 minutes prior to sun exposure can reduce signs of skin damage including skin reddening and sunburn.  Some people take this once a day. Polypodium has not been clinically tested in patients less than 18 years, in pregnant or breastfeeding women. It has not been thoroughly tested for interactions with other supplements and drugs. Talk to your provider prior to taking this  240 mg over-the-counter supplement, found at your local Walgreens and other select sites.
  • Nicotinamide:  Studies show a reduction in photoimmunosuppression by topical and oral nicotinamide.  A study by Yiasemides et al. demonstrated premalignant skin lesions called actinic keratosis were significantly reduced compared with placebo after 4 months of supplementation. Experimental studies in a mouse model showed that both oral and topical supplementation can prevent photocarcinogenesis (skin cancer) and sun-induced immunosuppression.  Typically dosed at 500mg twice daily, talk to your provider about if this is right for you.
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Emily Jorge, DCNP

Emily Jorge is a Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) who holds certifications from the Board Certified American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB). She also belongs to the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP), the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA), and Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice (CANAP).

She received her Master’s Degree Nurse Practitioner from Southern Adventist University. She practiced as an aesthetician/nurse in the field of dermatology from 2005 to 2011. Since 2012, as a dermatology certified nurse practitioner, she has focused on diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, and nail diseases as well as the surgical aspects of dermatology. She is a preceptor for students interested in dermatology from area universities/colleges.

Emily is involved in a church plant in Chattanooga and serves as a volunteer for It Is Written. She also volunteers for the AMEN free clinics in Chattanooga, which offer free dental care, general medical care, and health education services to the uninsured and underinsured.

Emily Jorge, DCNP is now accepting patients in Dalton & Calhoun, GA.

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