Forms of Sun Poisoning and Their Symptoms

February 14, 2020

There is a big difference between a sunburn and sun poisoning. Many people do not truly understand what sun poisoning really is. It goes much beyond a bad sunburn, and it needs to be treated differently. Here are the different types of sun poisoning and their symptoms.

Polymorphous Light Eruption

This is the most common type of sun poisoning, and it is caused by both UVA and UVB rays. This is most likely to occur within the first few days of sun exposure after a long draught, such as taking a tropical vacation in the cooler winter months. Symptoms of polymorphous light eruption include itchy rash on the arms, hands, thighs, sides of the face, and the neckline.

Photoallergic Reactions

Some oral or topical medications can make you more sensitized to the sun’s rays, particularly UVA rays which are present in equal strength year-round. This sensitivity can cause an actual allergic reaction to the sun’s rays. 

Phototoxic Reactions

These reactions look much like a very bad acute sunburn. The skin will be red, severely blistered, and hot to the touch. Essentially, this is a very bad sunburn that actually poisons your skin. These are the most common type of sun poisoning, and they simply take time and care to heal.

Spring is here, and soon you will be spending more time outdoors. It is very important to wear sunblock every time you leave the house. If you do get a severe sunburn or have any of these symptoms of sun poisoning, contact us right away for an appointment so that you can get the appropriate treatment.

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