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Is It Sun Poisoning Or Severe Sunburn?
Neither Are Good When Camping!

Sun poisoning is an allergic reaction to a sunburn. A sunburn is an actual burn caused by thermal radiation from the rays of the sun. Most of the time sunburn symptoms consist of some skin discomfort, warmth, redness, blisters, and peeling.

Of course a good camping safety practice is to make sure you protect yourself from the sun to begin with. It is important to know how to apply sunscreen correctly and to wear sunscreen at all times, as well as to wear proper clothing to prevent sun exposure.

sunburn blisters

Sun poisoning and a severe sunburn both have the same symptoms. In addition to the skin damage, redness, and suburn blisters, your symptoms may include extreme itching and welts, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and dizziness. Due to the vomiting, dehydration is also a possible symptom.

Taking Care Of The Sunburn Symptoms

To treat this reaction, take care of the symptoms in a similar manner in which you would treat a severe sunburn:
  • If you are camping, take a cool shower and make sure you don't get any more sun exposure.
  • If you have returned home, a cool shower or soak in Aveeno oatmeal will help to cool down the skin.
  • Apply a soothing lotion, gel, or topical spray, such as aloe or Solarcaine.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication such as Aleve or Motrin.
  • Don't break any blisters! Keep them covered with a light bandage or gauze
  • Keep you skin moisturized.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
In addition, if you experience high fever, prolonged intense pain, or vomiting and dehydration, you should see a doctor.

Take sunburn prevention seriously. Make sure you apply your sunscreen correctly to avoid a sunburn completely.

Learn about SPF and more sunscreen facts, including
how to choose the best sunscreen.

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