What do I do for sun poison, Please suggest

Sun poisoning or photodermatitis, as it is known medically, is not an uncommon illness and is caused as result of exposure to sunlight. The condition is a reaction to UV radiation and could include a variety of skin reactions from sun burn to sun allergies and other reactions as well. Sun poisoning can vary in intensity with the reactions and symptoms differing depending on the severity. The severity of the reaction may vary from person to person and also according to the levels of exposure.

The most common symptoms of sun poisoning would include the formation of blisters and scaly patches, small or widespread rashes. Swelling of the affected skin and redness or pain is also very common. In severe cases, which are not as common there may be other symptoms like a fever, chills, headaches and migraines, nausea, hyperpigmentation, eczema like rashes and itchy bumps or blisters. Sun poisoning is a lot more worrying as compared to normal sunburn because it could leave you with an increased risk of skin cancer, and there may also be a scarring and thickening of the skin.

The most important thing that you need to keep in mind when you suffer sun poisoning or sunburn is that the threat of dehydration is quite serious and the best way to minimize the symptoms and effects of exposure is by keeping yourself well hydrated. Getting away from the sunlight is of course equally important. Following these measures will help to minimize the risks of scarring and also ensure better healing.

Preventive measures are the most important concern and precautions against sun poisoning will not only help prevent such occurrences but also help protect you while recuperating.
Avoid venturing out during peak hours like noon, so as to minimize exposure to radiation.

If you do need to go out in the sunlight always use a sunscreen lotion.
Sun protective clothing is now quite easily available and will also offer added protection against sun exposure. If you do not wish to use special sun protective clothing, simply keep yourself well covered, with as little skin as possible exposed.

Here are some remedies that should help facilitate healing and provide relief:

  • Applying a cold compress to the affected skin can help minimize swelling and reduce the itching.
  • Aloe vera gel can also be applied on to the skin and is particularly effective in minor sunburn cases to reduce the burning sensation.
  • aths in cool water or a soak would also help significantly.
  • It would also be wise to use a gentle antibacterial soap.

Make sure that you seek prompt medical attention if you have a fever that touches 104 degrees or more.

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