Sun Poisoning: Symptoms and Prevention

What is "Sun Poisoning"? Sun Poisoning or referred to "Photodermatitis" is a health problem of form of allergic contact dermatitis in which the allergen must be activated by light to sensitize the allergic response, and to cause a rash or other systemic effects on subsequent exposure.

And its often the term used for a severe case of sunburn. This is a burn from ultraviolet (UV) radiation that inflames your skin. Sun poisoning can also refer to other reactions. Two examples are polymorphous light eruption and solar urticaria.

Symptoms:
- Skin redness and blistering
- Pain and tingling
- Swelling
- Headache
- Fever and chills
- Nausea
- Dizziness

Prevention:
- Cover up: wear long sleeves, slacks, and a wide-brimmed hat whenever harsh exposure is probable. Remember that cloud cover does not provide protection from UV rays.
- Avoid chemicals that may trigger a reaction (do not, however, stop taking medication without consulting a doctor).
- Wear sunscreen, at least factor 30 with a high UVA protection level.
- Wear gloves and/or remain indoors after handling fruits or plants which increase sensitivity to light.

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