Symptoms of Sun Poisoning



If you are not a fan of ‘The Jersey Shore’ then you will want to know about ‘sunburn’ and sun poisoning. Jokes aside, sunburns are bad news people. It causes redness of the skin, stinging sensation and also leaves eternal damage. Sun poisoning on the other hand can cause some serious damages. Both sunburn and sun poisoning in medical terms are known as photodermatitis. It is the allergic reaction of your skin to sun overexposure. The reaction caused by sun poisoning is a lot severe than sunburn. Redness, peeling and itching are caused by sunburn but sun poisoning causes dizziness, headaches, fever and even nausea, which are further accompanied by imbalance of electrolyte and loss of fluid.

Healthy skin is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your skin safe and healthy is important because it is the largest organ of your body. Taking care of that organ is extremely important.

Sun poisoning treatment

Sun poisoning does not literally mean poisoning caused by sun rays. It is a severe case of sunburn and it is treatable too. Try out the following to treat sun poisoning:

  • Take a bath or shower in cool water but not cold water. You can also apply a cool compress.
  • Avoid the sun.
  • Drink additional fluids. Hydration is very important.
  • Cover the affected area, when outside.
  • Make use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms then consult a healthcare professional immediately –

  • Swelling of the face.
  • Blisters that are painful and occurred on large areas.
  • Chills and fever.
  • Dehydration signals.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Faintness, confusion or headaches.

Always wear protective clothes, a hat and a pair of sunglasses. When using sunscreen, do make sure that it contains an adequate amount of SPF. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to leaving for outdoors and continue applying it after every 2 hours. If condition becomes serious, consult a physician immediately. At times, patients are injected with steroids in order to reduce inflammation and swelling. When hospitalized you will be given IV fluids, but when hospitalization situation occurs, then take it as a signal of severe condition of sun poisoning.