Sun Poisioning ~ Sunburn

My son over the weekend, experience an allergic reaction along with getting a sunburn! Ouch!

Personally, I have never gotten a sunburn. So, I’ve never experience that. So, I don’t know what it’s like to have one. BUT boy did I get a lesson in that this weekend. My son has fair skin and needs a lot more protection on his skin, than I do. So, we BOTH got a lesson on that this weekend.  When I saw his face swollen. I immediately thought allergic reaction…but others who were fair skinned believed he got sun poisoning along with an allergic reaction. Took him to the doctor, to check and he agreed a combination of both! Wowzers!

What is sun poisoning you might ask: Sun Poison is a severe case of Sunburn.

Within just 15 minutes of being in the sun, you can be sunburned. But you might not know it right away. The redness and discomfort might not show up for a few hours.

You can become severely sunburned if you stay in the sun a long time and don't wear protection. You are more likely to sunburn if you have light skin and fair hair.

Severe sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as the following:

  • Skin redness and blistering
  • Pain and tingling
  • Swelling
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration

Treating Sun Poisoning

 For severe sunburn, these simple remedies usually do the trick:

  • Get out of the sun.
  • Take a cool (not cold) shower or bath or apply cool compresses.
  • Drink extra fluids for a few days.
  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain.
  • Use aloe gel or a moisturizer.
  • Completely cover sunburned areas when going outside.

Seek immediate medical care for these symptoms:

  • A sunburn that forms blisters, covers a large area, or is very painful
  • Facial swelling
  • Fever and chills
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache, confusion, or faintness
  • Signs of dehydration

So, I did google it to see what to do and they are a lot of home remedies you can do. Check out this article here. I washed my son off in vinegar and water and it helped tremendously! Love doing things naturally! Next time, I will make sure that he is all lotion up properly all over (including his face) - to prevent a sunburn!