Sun Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment
Treating Sun Poisoning
For severe sunburn, these simple remedies usually do the trick:
Get out of the sun.
Take a cool (not cold) shower or bath or apply cool compresses.
Drink extra fluids for a few days.
Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain.
Use aloe gel or another moisturizer.
Completely cover sunburned areas when going outside.
Seek immediate medical care for these symptoms:
A sunburn that forms blisters, covers a large area, or is very painful
Fever and chills
Headache, confusion, or faintness
Signs of dehydration
Treatment for PMLE depends on its severity. Other than staying out of the sun and protecting yourself when you are, you may not need treatment. The rash can clear by itself within seven to 10 days. For solar urticaria, antihistamines are effective in some cases.
Other treatment or prevention for either type of reaction may include:
Sunscreen with both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) protection
Phototherapy with psoralen UV light (PUVA) to desensitize skin to UV light
Low-dose antimalarials (for PMLE)