How Long Does Sun Poisoning Take to Go Away?

June 27, 2022

Sun poisoning can be a real pain in the neck. Literally. The symptoms – which include a headache, fever, and muscle cramps – are no fun at all. So how long does sun poisoning take to go away? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer. Depending on the severity of your sun poisoning, it could take anywhere from a few days to several weeks for the symptoms to disappear completely. But with some self-care and patience, you'll be feeling better in no time!

AFC Urgent Care Waltham provides treatment for symptoms of sun poisoning. There isn't much anyone can do to save the skin once the damage has already been done, however, we can help with any other symptoms. Visit our walk-in clinic this summer for sun poisoning treatment.


What are the Symptoms of Sun Poisoning?

Sun poisoning is a type of skin inflammation that occurs after overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It's also sometimes called solar dermatitis or polymorphous light eruption.

Sun poisoning usually affects people who have spent too much time in the sun without wearing sunscreen or other protective clothing. However, it can also occur in people who have used tanning beds or lamps.

Symptoms of sun poisoning include:

  • Red, itchy skin
  • Blisters
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness


What is a Normal Timeline of Sun Poisoning?

The symptoms of sun poisoning usually develop within 12 hours of exposure to UV rays. In some cases, they may not appear until 24-48 hours later. The symptoms often peak after two to three days and then gradually improve over the next week or so.


How Long Until Sun Poisoning is Healed?

For most people, the symptoms of sun poisoning will go away within a week or two. However, in some cases, they may last for several weeks or even months.


How can I Speed Up the Process?

There are a few things you can do to help speed up the healing process and relieve your symptoms:

  • Take a cool bath or shower. This will help soothe your skin and reduce inflammation.
  • Apply a cool compress to your skin. This can help relieve pain and itching.
  • Take an antihistamine. This can help reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
  • Apply aloe vera to your skin. This will help soothe and heal your skin.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. This will help prevent dehydration, which can make your symptoms worse.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of sun poisoning, take a break from the sun and visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham if they persist.

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