- Jokiva Rivers started to notice rashes forming on her face when she was just 18
- Doctors were initially unsure why and mistakenly diagnosed her with eczema
- But her condition worsened, causing her to struggle to eat, drink and sleep
- Medical tests revealed she had lupus – of which sunlight can trigger blisters
A 22-year-old woman left with severe blisters across her face has been told it’s because she’s allergic to sunlight.
Jokiva Rivers started to notice blisters forming across her cheeks and necks when she was 18 – but her doctors were unsure why.
But her illness worsened and the red patches began to spread, causing her to struggle to eat, drink and sleep.
Having consulted her doctors once more just months later, she underwent medical tests to determine what was wrong.
She was told she was suffering from lupus – a genetic condition which can trigger rashes following exposure to the sun.
It means that if she ever wants to leave the house then she must cover up or wear sun cream to prevent an outbreak.
Jokiva Rivers, 22, from New Orleans, suffers from lupus – a genetic condition which can trigger rashes following exposure to the sun