Home Remedies for Sun Poisoning
Sun poisoning can be an annoying condition to deal with, or it can be a chronic and painful malady. How severe sun poisoning is depends on what type you have and how badly you've been burned—as well as your individual genetics in some cases. Sun poisoning is very treatable, and if you have sun allergy or polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), you may need to get medical treatment from a physician or purchase prescription or over the counter medications. There are some things you can do on your own to treat your sun poisoning, however, and most of them need to be done right away when you notice symptoms developing.
The trick with sun poisoning is to try and catch it early. When you start to notice your skin getting red or when you discover you're developing a rash or hives, it's time to get indoors and out of direct sunlight. Right away you'll want to drink some water to hydrate yourself, since dehydration is a risk with sun poisoning. Many symptoms can be avoided if you take care to drink extra fluids not just now, but also in the coming days.
After you drink some water you will want to cool down your body. You can do this by getting in the shower or the bath and running cool, but not cold, water. You also can try using cool compresses on the affected regions of skin. Once you've cooled off and hydrated, you've done most of what you can for your sun poisoning; however, you can still treat the burned area topically using a moisturizer. The best choice is a product which contains aloe. Aloe has been used as a traditional home remedy for a range of skin conditions for many years. It has healing properties which can speed up recovery from skin trauma such as sun poisoning.
As far as home remedies go, this is really the limit—there's not much else you can do to cure sun poisoning except wait, take care of yourself, and prevent it from getting worse. You can speed up the recovery process by staying out of the sun as much as possible until you're feeling better and your sunburn starts to go away. When you do have to go outside, wear sunscreen with UVB and UVA protection (those are two types of radiation which can cause sun poisoning). Cover up the part of your skin which has been burned. If the burn is on your face, you can wear sunscreen or a hat, or you can carry an umbrella for extra protection.
Sun poisoning will usually clear up within a week or two on its own, and you should feel a lot better after a few days have passed. You will probably experience some pain, itching and peeling as your burns heal. While most cases of sun poisoning are mild to moderate and can be treated successfully using home remedies, if your burns are really severe or you are experiencing secondary symptoms which are disturbing (nausea, stomach pain, faintness, confusion, severe dehydration), then go and see a doctor.