What is Sun Poisoning?
It’s easy to forget the sun can have a harmful effect on us. Just like tanning can have negative consequences, staying in the sun for prolonged periods without the right protection or relief during the spring and summer can have harmful effects.
Sun poisoning is essentially a severe case of sun burn, but it requires more attention than a regular sun burn. While you may have both at the same time, sun poisoning is an allergic reaction that presents with itchy red bumps. But they’re not always itchy. Besides pain and discomfort from a burn, there are other symptoms that come with sun poisoning. Fever, chills, nausea, and dizziness can accompany sun poisoning. So, on top of your skin hurting basically you’ll feel sick.
If you find yourself with these symptoms, there are several things you can do. Aloe Vera gel can help calm your inflamed skin. Over-the-counter cortisol cream can also help aid in calming your skin down. Lotions without fragrance, consuming electrolyte filled water or drinks, and applying milk to the skin can encourage your skin to heal quicker.
How Can You Prevent Sun Poisoning?
SPF sunscreens protect against UVB rays, but you need to think about UVA rays too. Broad spectrum sunscreens are your best friend, because they’ll help protect against both kinds of harmful rays. Sunscreens with over six percent zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will help protect your skin even better because they’re minerals, and your sensitive skin won’t have any complaints against them.
Keep yourself hydrated while you’re in the sun. Drinking enough water will help keep the symptoms of sun poisoning at bay, but it will also help protect your skin from drying out under the sun.
If you find yourself with a case of sun poisoning, re-hydrate your skin by soaking in a lukewarm bath. You can even add in some lavender or chamomile to help soothe your skin, but be careful if you have sensitive skin in the first place. Cool water may be helpful, too.
Aloe Vera, like we mentioned before, can be crucial in healing burnt skin. It has a soothing effect, so it will cool your skin and keep the itching at bay. Milk, cucumbers, yogurt, and honey are also home remedies for sun burns and sun poisoning. Chamomile and green tea can be used to soothe burns, too. Baking soda combined with water creates a paste that can put a stop to the itching associated with sun poisoning.
Protect your skin whenever you head out into the sun by applying sunscreen 30 SPF or higher. Cover your head with a hat if you start to feel too hot, and spend some time in the shade to prevent sun poisoning.