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How to Treat and Prevent Sun Poisoning: Rash, Allergies & Other Symptoms
Sun Poisoning is a serious condition that is affecting an increasing number of individuals who have developed a sensitivity to the sun. The technical name for sun poisoning is photodermatitis, the same name used for sunburn. It is a more extreme case of sunburn involving an allergic skin reaction to extreme sun exposure.
Sun Poisoning Symptoms
In addition to the regular symptoms of sunburn (itching, peeling, redness), sun poisoning is a rash that may have small blisters that can become infected. Symptoms include fever, chills, itching, nausea, headache, and dizziness, fluid loss and electrolyte imbalance. Sun poisoning will often become more severe if it recurs.
The major factors causing sun poisoning are medications that make the skin become more sensitive (birth control pills, salicylanilide found in industrial cleaner, hexachlorophene in some antibacterial soaps, tetracycline antibiotics), sunscreen products that contain PABA and certain fragrances, vitamin deficiency and autoimmune conditions. An allergic reaction to these factors occur each time your skin comes into contact with the sun. Symptoms may not be confined to the area of sun exposure. Fortunately, there are some very effective remedies and methods of prevention for sun poisoning.
Sun Poisoning Treatment
Natural treatments include aloe vera which helps to sooth sun burned skin, calendula used in the form of a suspension or tincture to reduce inflammation, control bleeding and sooth irritated tissue,avoid the sun between the hours of noon until 3pm, avoid creams and medications that proven to be underlying factors contributing to sun poisoning. If the sun damage is severe you may need to see a dermatologist for treatment of infection and dehydration.
Sun Poisoning Prevention
It may not be easy to discover what plant, medication or chemical is the cause of your allergic reaction to the sun. You will have to use the process of trial and error. Once you have found out the source you should immediately stop using it. If it is a necessary medication prescribed by your doctor you should avoid the sun while you are taking the medication. If you are fair skinned your risk of sun poisoning is increased. Always limit your sun exposures, starting with a very brief exposure and gradually increasing it per exposure, and use a healthy sun screen that does not contain sun allergy producing chemicals for protection.
Address possible vitamin deficiencies that may be the cause of sun poisoning and increase immune defence by taking the following nutrients: Beta Carotene - carrots are a great source, Omega-3 Fatty Acids - the best source is flax seed oil, Vitamins C, D, E, Niacin, Green Tea. SeaSource Renewing Body Gelee is an effective healing botanical and pain reliever.
Sun poisoning is a condition that is becoming more common due to our exposure to different plants, medications, chemicals and vitamin deficiencies. It is important to discover the cause of the sun allergy and eliminate it. Taking the necessary preventative steps will make exposure to the sun a more healthy and pleasant experience.
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