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Exposing the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Sun Poisoning


When we think of the sun, we think about getting outside to enjoy it, or how important it is to grow those tomato plants in the yard. We don’t necessarily think of it as something that can actually poison us, but it turns out that’s a thing.

Sun poisoning doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been poisoned in the traditional sense, although it can make you quite ill and mimic symptoms of food poisoning. Here are 12 things to look out for if you’ve been out in the sun too long without adequate sunscreen protection…

1. Defining Sun Poisoning

As WebMD points out, sun poisoning does not literally mean you’ve been poisoned – it’s a term used for extreme sunburn due to UV rays inflaming your skin.

Sun poisoning can present a variety of symptoms, some you can see, and some you can definitely feel. “Within just 15 minutes of being in the sun, you can be sunburned,” says the source, adding that you may not feel the symptoms right away.

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