How Do You Treat Sun Poisoning?

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Treatment for sun poisoning includes getting out of the sun and drinking extra fluids for a few days. Taking cool showers and applying cool compresses to the skin are also recommended in the treatment of sun poisoning. Pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, help diminish pain, however, acetaminophen does little to mitigate skin inflammation.

Using aloe vera gel or a mild moisturizer helps soothe irritated skin, while covering exposed skin helps prevent further sun exposure when going outdoors. Sun poisoning is a misnomer, as it does not mean that poisoning has occurred. It simply refers to severe sunburn, caused by ultraviolet radiation that causes skin inflammation. Sun poisoning is more likely to occur in those who have fair skin, eyes and hair and in those who do not wear protective clothing or sunscreen when out in the sun.

Fever, nausea, rash or chills are considered severe reactions from the sun, and according to PubMed Health, these reactions are sometimes called sun poisoning. If faintness, rapid pulse, dizziness, extreme thirst or a decreased in urinary output occur, immediate medical attention should be sought. Similarly, if an individual experiences sensitivity to light, painful blisters, sunken eyes or pale, clammy skin he should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.