Sun poisoning, otherwise known as sunstroke, usually lasts for up to 10 days and symptoms should peak between twelve and twenty four hours after prolonged, severe sun exposure. Sun poisoning is similar to sunburn but is much more severe and symptoms are much worse and the risk to health is much greater. The reason for getting sun poisoning is the same as sunburn; extended periods of time in the direct sun, without sufficient sun protection cream and not taking in enough water. The symptoms of sun poisoning include hive-like skin rashes, painful skin, nausea, dizziness, fluid loss and blisters on the skin where there has been exposure to sunlight. These blisters can become infected if cracked and not cleaned but the infection is not part of sun poisoning, just a result of one of the things that can happen as a result of sun poisoning. If you do have a fever, which is where your body temperature increases and becomes higher than 37.5 degrees, you should make sure that you drink plenty of water as you do not want to get even more ill by becoming dehydrated as a result of sun poisoning. You may also wish to take a lukewarm/cold shower or bath to decrease your body temperature. Only do this if it is not overly painful to do so due to skin rash or blisters. Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen can also help to reduce fever, take away the pain of the skin rash and also reduce the nausea symptoms. Please do visit your GP if symptoms are concerning. As with most illnesses, prevention is better than cure and the best ways to prevent sun poisoning are to stay out of direct sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm, wear sun lotion which is approved and above SPF30, wear a hat to help your head from overheating and to keep the sun off your face and also make sure that you stay hydrated.
I have had it fifteen days now or more. I got really badly burned after being out on a sandy beach for five hrs. In the rain and cloudy weather with no sunscreen. I wasn't itching this badly until about five days ago. I got the blisters that burst, and used triple antibiotic on it to keep it from getting infected, but after that healed up, I seemed better, then about three days later started itching like crazy and cant even sleep because of the intense pain and burning sensations. It is awful!! I suggest everyone always wear sunscreen even if it is cloudy. Oh, and I also got the blisters on my lips to go with all of it----two of them!
I am having sun poisoning rashes since 3 days on my face and hands.. Today is the 3rd day and the rashes are increasing and itching severely.. Doctor suggested to cover full body, hands and asked to apply a sunscreen above SPF30 when you go out. I am applying pure coconut oil and vinegar on the rashes whenever they are itching... The itching subsides in a minute or two after applying oil/vinegar. Taking more water than daily intake. Don't know when this rash will go.. Seems to be 2 more days..
I have not had much itching or pain. I have scaly, flaky eyelids that are also red under my brows. I have two quarter size red spots on my forehead. The worse is a large red flaky spot around my lips.
It seems to be spreading. I have had it over a month! Fortunately, I am retired and don't have to go out often. I'm beginning to think it may be permanent!
My legs have it the worst. It looks like tiny raised pimples all over and within close proximity. The Doctor put me on steroids but they have done nothing.