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Symptoms and Treatment of Sun Poisoning

Home Cures, Milk Bath, Sun Poisoning

We know the value of wearing protective clothing in the sun and the importance of wearing sunscreen today, yet it is easy to forget to apply sunscreen every time you go out. When we forget to wear protective clothing or apply sunscreen regularly when going out into the sun, sun poisoning may result. Sun poisoning is uncomfortable, but there are many things you can do to treat the symptoms. Please read on to discover both the symptoms and treatments for sun poisoning rash.

Sun poisoning possesses many of the symptoms sunburns do, but sun poisoning rash is more severe. Both conditions result from overexposure to the sun or to UV light, such as in tanning beds. Sun poisoning symptoms include: peeling, redness, itching, headache, dizziness, fever, small blisters, electrolyte imbalance, a red rash on the skin, fainting, nausea, fatigue, and loss of fluids or dehydration.

An individual does not necessarily experience all of these symptoms if he or she suffers from sun poisoning. For instance, when I had sun poisoning, I experienced severe itchiness, nausea, fever, and redness.

Sun poisoning can be very uncomfortable, but there are many treatments for the condition. One home remedy you may want to try to relieve the pain and itching of sunburn is a milk bath. Add one gallon of whole milk to your regular bath water and soak in it for 20 minutes. After you are done with the milk bath, rinse off with regular water. Air dry, as rubbing your skin with a towel will irritate your sunburn further.

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For the pain often associated with sunburns and sun poisoning, you can take Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Additionally, applying an ice pack to the sunburn will help relieve the pain. Aloe vera gel is soothing to sunburns and betametasone 0.1% cream can relieve the sun poisoning symptoms of pain, itching, and redness.

Another good symptom reliever for sun poisoning is to apply buttermilk to the burned areas. If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding one tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt to one glass of water. Mix the solution well before applying it to the burned areas of your body with cotton balls. Buttermilk has healing properties and it will provide you with immediate relief from the pain and discomfort of sun poisoning rash. If you wish, you can add a little turmeric powder to the mixture as well. Turmeric is well known for its pain-relieving properties.

It is also important to remember to drink water in order to stay hydrated, especially if you are vomiting while experiencing the condition. In addition, stay out of the sun for at least a few days if you are experiencing sun poisoning.

Of course, it is much better to prevent sun poisoning and sunburns rather to have to treat them. Whenever you go out into the sun, wear a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. You may also wear protective clothing in the sun and avoid going out in the sunniest parts of the day, which occur from 10am to 4pm.

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Sun poisoning is an uncomfortable condition, which can be easily avoided. However, if you happen to experience the condition, you can treat it with one or more of the treatments for sun poisoning listed in this article.


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