How to Treat Sun Poisoning

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A day out in the sun can really take a turn for the worst if you don't take the proper precautions. You can quickly sunburn, blister and even come down with sun poisoning--depending on how long you've been exposed. Everyone should understand the signs and know how to treat sun poisoning should it occur. It may just save your life.

  • Know the symptoms. In order to treat sun poisoning, you first have to know what to look for. The symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, chills, headache, swelling, blisters, peeling and redness of the skin. You may experience one or all of the symptoms at the same time.

  • Keep your cool. You can reduce the discomfort associated with sun poisoning by taking a cool bath. Applying aloe vera chilled in the refrigerator can also cool your burned skin. There are other products available that contain aloe and menthol, which help soothe and cool the skin to aid in the healing process.

  • Stop the swelling. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce the swelling associated with prolonged sun exposure. This can also help with your headache.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. This will help your skin heal faster.

  • Take the proper precautions. The best way to treat sun poisoning is to not let it happen in the first place. Always use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, and apply it every day. Avoid being out in direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day, and reapply sunscreen every two hours while you're outside.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you suspect sun poisoning, consult a doctor.

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