When to Call the Doctor for Sun Poisoning?
Mild to Moderate Sunburns
- Sunburns begin as nothing more than red skin that is tender to the touch. As a sunburn progresses, sunburn victims become dehydrated and the discomfort from touching the skin increases. For minor to moderate sunburns, apply first-aid to alleviate the discomfort such as the use of cloths dampened in cool, not cold, water to the skins. The application of lotions designed to alleviate sunburn such as Aloe Vera are beneficial to healing and alleviating the pain. A soak in a cool bath alleviates much of the discomfort of a sunburn. Without further exposure to UV radiation, minor to moderate cases of sunburn, while uncomfortable, heal without a physician's assistance; however, with continued exposure to UV radiation, sun poisoning becomes an issue.
- Sun poisoning symptoms include the characteristics of milder cases of sunburn along with any combination of additional symptoms such as fever, nausea, chills, dizziness, shock and loss of consciousness. Preventing an individual's exposure to UV radiation is the first defense against sun poisoning. Sunburn victims exhibiting severe symptoms of sun poisoning need to consult a physician. The physician determines the full severity of the sunburn and makes appropriate recommendations for pain alleviation and medical care needs. The overexposure becomes a part of your medical history to apprise doctors of previous UV overexposure. Severe sun poisoning exacerbates the possibility of developing skin cancer along with other potential dangers from UV overexposure, Future medical examinations will pay close attention to skin anomalies to recognize skin cancer in the early stages of development.