How Long Does Sun Poisoning Last? (Duration & Symptoms Explained)

How Long Does Sun Poisoning Last? (Duration & Symptoms Explained)

How Long Does Sun Poisoning Last

Sun poisoning is medically termed as a polymorphic light eruption. It generally happens when you get exposed to ultraviolet light for longer durations of time.

Based on its sensitivity, sun poisoning can occur in different forms.

It is seen that you are at higher risk of sun poisoning if:

  • You have a fair skin complexion
  • You are having a family history of cancer, preferably skin cancer
  • You are taking heavy dose antibiotics or contraceptives
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    You live in hot areas or at higher altitudes
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    You are using chemical peels

If you have recognized that you are sun poisoned, you can prevent further damage by adopting some home remedies.

It is essential to start treating the sun poisoning as soon as possible to heal and protect yourself completely.

Before you adopt home remedies, it is important that you recognize sun poisoning symptoms.

Sun Poisoning Symptoms

  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Blisters
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    Pain and swelling
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  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
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The symptoms vary from person to person and should be treated immediately. However, you can do your best by curing your symptoms either with the help of home remedies or by using home remedies.

Prevention is always better than cure, so that you can prevent sun poisoning by:

  • Using sunscreen
  • Wearing full sleeves clothes
  • Using an umbrella
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    Limiting sun exposure between 10 am to 5 pm
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    Being cautious when on the beach or other sandy areas

However, if you have already experienced sun poisoning, you can cure it by:

  • Applying Aloe Vera gel
  • Oatmeal paste
  • Ice padding
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But For How Much Time Does Sun Poisoning Lasts?

Any idea?

You experience the effect usually after 1-1 ½ hours of sun exposure.

What about pain?

It generally lasts for 2-3 days.

I had a friend…two years back, he was sun poisoned but he recovered slowly and steadily. Generally, the duration for which sun poisoning lasts depends on its severity.

  • Mild sun poisoning: persons having mild sun poisoning experience redness and some pain, they recover within 3-5 days. You may experience some peeling but it heels in some days.
  • Moderate sun poisoning: people having moderate sun poisoning experience more pain in comparison to above. The person’s skin becomes red, swells and is hot to touch.
  • Severe sun poisoning: these require immediate medical attention. The person experiences painful blisters and the person may take more than a week to recover from it.

Symptoms of Sun Poisoning and Its Duration

  • Redness: this is the first symptom that a person experiences after getting sun poisoned. Redness remains for some time. However, you can get rid of it by cool compression.
  • Itching: redness is followed by itching all over the body, mainly on the exposed areas. It is a way by which the body repairs itself from the damage caused due to the sun rays. It may last for several days and goes off automatically after the skin is healed.
  • Skin blisters: blisters are raised part of the skin. More often than not, blisters are also filled with a fluid. It’s bad to scratch them. These also last for some time and eventually get peeled off as the body is healed.
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    Flu And Fever: fever and flu are the worst part of skin poisoning and it indicates that the immune system is trying to fight the damage done to it by the sun. Fever is not good and if accompanied by chills, it should be given immediate medical attention. Similarly, flu like symptoms also last for a day or two, it may be accompanied by upset stomach and reside as soon as the skin heels.
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    Fatigue And Dehydration: you may feel unusually tired and experience some dizziness, it may last for 2-3 days and subside after that. Dehydration indicates that your body has been severely damaged, you should immediately rehydrate yourself as soon as you experience this symptom as loss of water cannot be left untreated for longer durations of time.

Bottom Line

The severity and duration of sun poisoning depend on how promptly the patient is taken care off and how soon medical help is given.

It is very important to understand each and every aspect and symptom of sun poisoning so as to eradicate the problem from its roots completely.

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