If you’ve arrived at our sun poisoning resource, you’re probably trying to figure out whether sun poisoning could be the cause of your skin problems on bright days; or perhaps you’re trying to find out more about sun poisoning after being diagnosed with it. In either case, the term “sun poisoning” can sound quite intimidating. In most cases however, sun poisoning itself is a fairly tame condition which is unlikely to cause you more than inconvenience and discomfort.
There are three different types of sun poisoning which you’ll learn about on our site. You’ll discover more about the most general form of sun poisoning which comprises the majority of sun poisoning cases, and you’ll also learn about polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), another fairly common condition which affects many people but likewise is rarely serious. You will learn whether you could also possibly have a sun allergy, also called solar urticaria. Solar urticaria is the least common form of sun poisoning and affects relatively few people worldwide. While solar urticaria can present more severe symptoms than other types of sun poisoning, it is usually treatable through desensitization and other techniques.
Sun poisoning does not refer to any actual poisoning of the body; it is simply a name for various types of sensitivity to the sun which can cause a range of symptoms affecting the skin and the body as a whole. The most general and common form of sun poisoning is simply a severe form of sunburn. Your symptoms can vary and may be intense or very mild; most people who experience sun poisoning suffer only mild to moderate symptoms. Symptoms may include a rash, fatigue, fever or chills, or headache. The severity of your condition as well as the specific subtype of sun poisoning you have will determine your specific symptoms.
Happily, most forms of sun poisoning are quite easy to treat, and the majority of treatments can be performed at home by yourself with no assistance. It’s only in extreme cases that sun poisoning might cause you to have to go to the hospital. Usually all you need to do is get out of the sun, hydrate yourself and drink extra fluids for the next few days, and cool off in a shower or bath or use cool compresses to recover. Aloe Vera can also help to soothe and heal skin which has broken out into a rash or been badly burned by the sun.
Our website will help you to determine whether your rash or hives could be due to sun poisoning or another cause, and also to determine whether other symptoms you may be experiencing could be due to sun poisoning. We’ll assist you in identifying signs of sun poisoning and also in understanding the proper means to treat sun poisoning. Of course, our resource on sun poisoning is not a replacement for medical consultation with a qualified physician. If your condition is severe or you find that you are unable to treat your condition on your own, you should seek immediate medical attention.