Sun poisoning is a severe form of sunburn and is often accompanied by itchy rashes, painful blisters, headache, fever, nausea and dizziness. The sun rashes one experiences is an allergic reaction to the sun’s harmful UV rays known as photo dermatitis. Sun poisoning can be painful. When a person gets sun poisoning, it is important to stay hydrated and keep the skin moist; otherwise your skin can peel and make the condition worse. People with fairer skin are more vulnerable to sun poisoning. To get relief from pain, itching and speed up the recovery process, there are several home remedies you can try.
Home Remedies For Sun Poisoning:
1. Stay Hydrated
The best remedy for getting relief from the symptom of sun poisoning is to stay hydrated. When you are affected by sun poisoning, you may get dehydrated soon. The best way to counteract the electrolyte imbalance is to drink enough water and fluids containing electrolytes.
2. Take Cool Shower
Take cool shower to soothe your inflamed skin. Do not use soap. Simple take a dip in cool water or take shower; water should be cool but not cold.
3. Cold Compress
Alternatively using cold compress on the inflamed skin using a towel dipped in cold water can bring relief from itching and pain and burning sensation. Place the cloth or towel on the affected area after squeezing excess water. Only use cold water for compress; make sure not to use ice as it will worsen the condition.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has great soothing and healing properties. Application of fresh aloe Vera gel extracted directly from aloe leaf is the best remedy for sun poisoning as it will quickly bring relief from itching and burning sensation and will also aid in healing the blister. Apply fresh aloe gel 3-4 times a day for effective results. If fresh aloe Vera gel is not available, you can apply store bought aloe Vera gel as well.
5. Calamine Lotion
Application of calamine lotion can also bring relief from itching and burning and avoid peeling of the skin by keeping the skin moisturized. It has very hydrating and soothing properties which helps to bring relief when applied directly on the burned area.
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6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Diluted vinegar or apple cider vinegar can bring relief from the symptoms of sun poisoning. Dilute vinegar with cold water. Dip a soft cloth in this solution and apply several times to get relief from burning sensation and itching.
7. Chamomile Compress
Chamomile is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can effectively treat sun poisoning symptoms and heal the skin faster. Prepare a mixture by boiling chamomile flowers. Chill it thoroughly. Apply chilled chamomile compress by dipping a cloth in it until the compress is cool. Regular application will heal the burn faster. You can also use chamomile tea bags and soak them in chilled water for compress.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda has antiseptic properties which when applied to the burned area can bring relief from itching and burning due to its soothing alkaline nature. Prepare a paste of baking soda after adding little water or vinegar and apply on the affected area. Soaking the affected area after adding baking soda in water can also provide considerable relief from pain and itching resulted from sun poisoning.
Taking oatmeal bath in cool water adding few drops of olive oil is a good remedy for treating sun poisoning symptoms. This will help to hydrate your skin and promote healing by soothing itchiness. Another way to sooth itchiness and burning from the blisters is to make an oatmeal paste with milk. Apply this paste on the burns. Oatmeal contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as beta-glucan which promotes quick relief.
A cool milk compress is a very effective remedy to get relief from sunburn. Soothing nature of milk will bring instant relief from pain and itchiness. Soak a cloth in chilled milk and apply on the affected areas. Later rinse the area with cool water.
Yogurt is also a soothing remedy for burn and blisters from sun poisoning. Applying yogurt topically will not only cool the skin but will also reduce swelling and live cultures contained in it will protect the skin from microbial infection. Apply yogurt like a paste and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
The cooling effect of cucumber can bring relief from burning sensation associated with sun poisoning. Extract juice from cucumber and apply on the affected area after adding sandalwood powder. Apply several times to get quick relief.
Though not supported by research, these simple home remedies are chemical-free, safe and convenient and do not pose any risk of side effects.