How to Prevent Sun Poisoning

July 19, 2022

Sun poisoning is more common than you might think. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors and don't take proper precautions, a typical sunburn may become more severe. Sun poisoning is a result of a burn from UV light that causes redness, pain, and inflammation. Sunburns can happen in as little s fifteen minutes.

AFC Urgent Care North Bergen provides treatment for sun poisoning, as long as it is not life-threatening. If you find yourself with symptoms of sunburn or sun poisoning, visit our urgent care center today!

Symptoms of Sun Poisoning

Sunburns can happen in as little as fifteen minutes without proper protection. If you continue to sit out in the sun without protection, that sunburn will turn into sun poisoning. The redness you see with a typical sunburn may not occur until later in the day, so you need to be proactive and not wait for the signs.

Some common signs of sun poisoning include:

  • Blistering
  • Swelling and pain
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea

If you have light hair or fair skin, you are more at risk of developing a sunburn. There are key tips, however, to prevent sunburns, so continue reading to learn more.


How to Prevent Sun Poisoning

It is very easy to prevent sunburns and sun poisoning, you just need to be conscious of it. The easiest way to prevent sunburn is by wearing an SPF of at least 30 all over your body. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect from two different types of the sun's rays - UVA and UVB rays. Allow it to work properly by applying it fifteen to thirty minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure to reapply at least every two hours and more if you have been swimming or sweating.

Sun exposure is at its highest between 10 am and 2 pm. You can still get burnt even if it's cloudy. It all depends on the UV index that day.

Lastly, be sure to wear protective clothing and take breaks from being in the sun. Hats, sunglasses, and long but loose-fitting clothing are all helpful when it comes to protecting your skin. By taking these steps, you are decreasing your risk of getting sunburnt, as well as developing sun poisoning.


Tips for Treatment

Do not go back into the sun if you already have a sunburn. Don't make the situation worse by remaining exposed. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and take a cool shower to help soothe the skin. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with pain, as well as applying aloe vera gel. Covering any sunburnt area will also help it heal faster and prevent your symptoms from getting worse.

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