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Sun Poisoning: What it is and When to Treat

Any of us who have experienced a sunburn know that it’s no party, but for those who are unfortunate enough to get sun poisoning after a day outside know that it can get worse. Sun poisoning is the term used for a severe case of a sunburn occurs when skin is exposed to UV rays for an extended period of time, inflaming the skin beyond a normal sunburn.

Symptoms of sun poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Skin redness and blistering
  • Pain and tingling
  • Swelling
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration

If you experience these symptoms, don’t panic. Many times, as uncomfortable as it may be, sun poisoning can be treated at home. Your first step is to get out of the sun and stay out of it. Take a cool bath or shower to calm your skin, then apply aloe vera all over the affected area. Drink plenty of water and take over-the-counter pain medications as needed to manage any pain.

However, if you experience any of the symptoms below, medical attention is necessary:

  • A sunburn that forms large blisters, covers a large area, or is unbearably painful
  • Facial swelling
  • Fever and chills
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache, confusion, or faintness
  • Signs of severe dehydration

Medical attention will involve treatment of the burn and usually fluids through an IV to manage dehydration.

Remember to always wear sunscreen when going outside, no matter your skin type. Severe sunburns can lead to scarring or, worse, different forms of skin cancer.

If your skin has suffered sun damage and needs repairing, Zimmet Vein & Dermatology offers many sun damage treatments to re-hydrate and replenish your skin. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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