All That You Wanted to Know About Sun Poisoning Rash

Sun Poisoning Rash

Sun poisoning or Sun poisoning rash is a common medical condition these days and has the potential to cause long term damage including skin cancer. In United States, sunburn is common across both the sexes and various age groups. The children are at relatively high risk when compared to the adults. Over 80% of the children have been affected by sunburns whereas the occurrence of Sun poisoning rash drops in adults and usually has been recorded to be in between 30% to 40%. Increasingly, people are getting more and more educated about sun poisoning rash and have been taking preventive steps to avoid or to reduce the impact of sunburns on their skin.

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Sun Poisoning Rash Symptoms

The symptoms of the sun poisoning are not the same for everyone. The symptoms depend on a wide range of factors which include the nature of an individual’s skin, the time and duration of exposure of the skin. Sometimes, even the location and altitude of exposure also plays a significant part on the exact sun poisoning rash symptoms a patient would develop. Aside from this, the medications taken by a person also plays a part in the development of some the sun poisoning rash symptoms. Certain sun-sensitizing drugs have been reported to increase the chances of a person developing sun poisoning rash.  Understanding the implications of sunburns, most people use some kind of sunscreen and the type of sunscreens used by an individual also play a crucial role in the development of the sun poisoning rash symptoms.

In case of very severe sunburn, the subject may undergo a lot of other serious problems which may include high fever, severe chills, increased pulse rate mostly with increased breathing, dehydration, nausea and severe blisters accompanied by soreness. It is not uncommon for people to lose consciousness primarily as an after effect of shock.

Some of these sun poisoning rash symptoms are so severe that they require immediate medical treatment failing which the patient can suffer from long term ill effects of sun poisoning.

Sun Poisoning Rash Causes

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the main sun poisoning rash causes. Ultraviolet radiation refers to both the UVA and UVB types of radiation. These are wavelengths that are present naturally in the lights spectrum. Exposure to UVB is considered to be more harmful than UVA and primarily responsible for skin cancer. However both of them have been seen to cause photoaging which includes the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. These rays are also found in limited amounts in the Tanning beds. Visiting places close to the equator is also one of the sun poisoning rash causes. Typical example is the south of the United States. Places at high altitudes are also common places for people to get sun poisoning rash.  People with light-skin and fair hair have been observed to get sunburns even with a limited exposure to the sun.  It should be noted that the UV rays are also responsible for the generation of Vitamin D in the skin and hence short exposure to the rays is recommended as long as the body is able to adjust.

Sun Poisoning Rash Diagnosis

The diagnosis of Sun poisoning is fairly straight forward. The nature of the symptoms makes the sun poisoning rash diagnosis possible by a mere physical observation. Most people develop physical symptoms on the skin and hence even advanced symptoms like dehydration can be directly reasoned for. However, consulting with a healthcare professional becomes mandatory for an accurate sun poisoning rash diagnosis to make sure that the rashes are due to sun poisoning and not due to any other medical conditions. Mostly, a naked eye observation of the sun rash by an experienced health care professional is all that is required to identify the situation.

Sun Poisoning Rash Treatment

While some medical sun poisoning rash treatments have been suggested for treating sun poisoning, most of them have not been clinically proved particularly in terms of their ability to speed up the recovery process and reversing the damage caused by severe sun poisoning rashes. Many of these sun poisoning rash treatments have been designed based on the symptoms and hence only mitigate the effects of symptoms. Some orally administered nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, and Advil helps in reducing the redness on the skin that is caused by sun poisoning rash.  However, they need to be administered immediately after exposure to the UVB rays.

The effects of these drugs have been observed to last for 24 hours. Additional effects of these drugs include reduction in pain and discomfort.  Topical steroid creams have practically no improvement in the symptoms of sunburn. Some of these topical steroid creams have also been criticized for the considerable side effects that they cause. Aloe Vera gel is widely used for effective sun poisoning rash treatment. However, their effect is limited to treating just the symptoms and not the sunburn. Though clinically not proved, moderate successes have been reported by using topical anesthetics such as benzocaine.

Other than these, natural sun poisoning rash treatments include having cool water showers. It helps to bring the body temperature level down and thus helps in preventing the reappearance of the rashes. People suffering from sun poisoning rash as also advised to avoid using strong soaps as these soaps have chemicals that could complicate the situation by initiating allergic reactions.  Other natural treatments include application of baking soda solution over the rashes as this helps in temporarily reducing the painful sun poisoning rash symptoms. Use of Calamine lotion is also widely practiced as it helps in reducing the itchiness associated with severe sunburns. Also, people suffering from Sun Poising should increase their intake of antioxidant rich food items such as broccoli, beans, tomatoes, spinach, whole grains, carrots and soy. Green tea consumption is also recommended as it is a rich source of antioxidants.


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Sun Poisoning Rash Healing

The time taken for sun poisoning rash healing varies from individual to individual and depends on a wide range of factors, which includes the time of exposure, the duration of exposure, the sensitiveness of the person’s skin, the treatments made by a person and also to a certain extent on the lifestyle of the person. Hence the recovery time could be anywhere between few hours to couple of weeks. It is not uncommon for people to take even longer times to fully recover from the symptoms. Regular application of creams over the rashes can contribute to the recovery process. If the rashes do not heal in less than three to four weeks, it is advisable to contact a dermatologist because there may be some other under lying cause which could have been triggered due to the sun burns. A typical example of this is the allergic reactions due to the insufficient care of the Sun rashes. With sufficient care, except under special cases, one can recover from Sun poisoning in less than two weeks.

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One Response to “All That You Wanted to Know About Sun Poisoning Rash”

  1. kelly rigby says:

    I have a moderate-severe case of sun-rash on my arms. My pharmacist told me to pop open capsules of Vitamin E 400IU and spread the oil thickly over affected areas, then wrap arms in saran-wrap and wear a long-sleeve tee over it and keep on overnight. By morning, I saw a major difference. Some of the spots were cleared completely and the rest had improved by 50%. I have done the same treatment for three nights and am nearly completely cleared. Strange sounding, but it works!

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