Family First: Sun Poisoning

It's that time of year again when our very sensitive skin gets exposed to the hot summer sun. So how do you know when it's a sunburn or worse, sun poisoning?

Experts tell us that sunburn and sun poisoning are essentially the same thing, but the poisoning is more severe. A typical sunburn means itching, redness, and peeling and even small blisters. Unfortunately, it can mean permanent damage.

But symptoms of sun poisoning also include nausea, fever, headache, dizziness, even dehydration. If you have a sunburn be sure to stay hydrated, use ice to control the swelling and itching, and take aspirin. Apply aloe, try taking beta carotene supplements and of course stay out of the sun.

But the experts say if you're feeling sick and dizzy, it could be sun poisoning, so do all of those simple things plus the following. Try taking a bath in cool not cold water. Don't rub your skin and stay where it's cool until your serious symptoms go away. At any point, if you suffer from extreme pain or vomiting or if your fever is more than 104 degrees head to an emergency room.


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