No, sun poisoning doesn’t mean that you’ve been poisoned by the sun. This condition, also referred to as sun-spotting, is caused by prolonged ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, which results in extreme sunburn, skin inflammation and skin discolouration that appears in clusters or light patches that lack any skin pigmentation.
As innocent as it might seem, sun poisoning can be very dangerous, but it’s often left untreated. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, sun poisoning can result in symptoms of dehydration, skin swelling or peeling, pain, redness and blisters, nausea, dizziness, headache, fever, hive, wheezing, chills, and even loss of consciousness. In order to treat sun poisoning, take the following steps…
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If sunburn, or worse, sun poisoning occurs, hydration is vital in order to replenish lost electrolytes. In severe cases, sip an electrolyte-infused sport’s drink as opposed to just water in order to replenish essential electrolytes more quickly.
Dehydration with severe sunburn or sun poisoning may cause symptoms of dizziness, headache, dry mouth, fatigue, and the absence of urination. If these symptoms occur, see a doctor right away.