Many people have never heard the term ‘sun poisoning’ but it does exist. While it is a serious issue and should not take lightly, the term does not literally mean that you’ve been poisoned by the sun. In actuality it’s a term used to describe a severe case of sunburn – persons with very fair skin and hair are often susceptible to this. It is more common during the summer months or in areas that are usually sunny. So as the summer approaches (and this one promises to be a scorcher) it is important that we learn all we can about the effects of the sun (both negative and positive) so that we can take the necessary precautions.
Symptoms of Sun Poisoning
You can get sunburned from the first 15 minutes of being in the sun without even realizing it, because it might take hours for the redness and irritation to present itself. Sever sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as dehydration, skin redness, blisters, dizziness, facial swelling nausea, fever accompanied by chills, and headache.
The treatment is often dependent on the extent of sun poisoning. There are some simple remedies that can help with less severe cases.
- Well they do say “prevention is better than cure” so if you are prone to sunburn the best solution is to stay away from the sun. If you do plan to go in the sun make sure you put on sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside. Your sunscreen should be SPF 30 or higher –this should also be reapplied every 2 hours. Another important tip is to wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a hat if your skin is prone to sun poisoning. But if you do get burnt here are some vital instructions:
- Take a cool shower (not cold) or apply a cool compress to burnt areas. Aloe Vera is also a good option for helping with burns as well.
- Do not apply scented oils, lotions, or perfume to burnt skin, it will only irritate the area and make the condition worse.
- Drink lots of water to hydrate your body from the inside.
- Over- the -counter ointments such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen can help to manage the pain.
There are some symptoms that require medical treatment. Pay every close attention to the ones listed below and if you experience any of the mentioned indicators, you must see a doctor immediately: