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Home Remedies for Sun Poisoning

Puja Lalwani
Sun poisoning is a term used to define an intense sun burn or an allergic reaction to the sun. It mostly causes the skin to blister, burn, itch, and redden. There are some home remedies that work well to treat this problem, which have been discussed here.
Not many people are aware of the term sun poisoning. In the medical context, the terms sunburn and sun poisoning are used interchangeably.
Even so, in most cases, sun poisoning is used when there is a case of intense sun burn, or an allergic reaction to ultraviolet sunrays, that shows up by way of symptoms such as blistering skin, rash, itchiness, redness, dizziness, nausea, and dehydration.
Spending too much time in the sun, particularly with skin that is extremely sensitive, can cause sun poisoning and be quite irritating and painful to say the least. It becomes difficult to wear clothes, sleep, or do anything that causes the affected area of skin to come into contact with other objects.
Fortunately, when the degree of sun poisoning is bearable, there are some home remedies that can be used to treat it. Take a look.

Helpful Natural Remedies

You can use products that are found in your very own kitchen to treat the blisters, rash, itching, and irritation caused by sun poisoning. Take a look.
  • Hydrate Yourself: The first step to cure yourself of sun poisoning and its symptoms is to keep yourself thoroughly hydrated. 
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water in a day, have cool green tea, buttermilk, and have fruits such as watermelon and muskmelon to keep yourself hydrated. This will prevent sun poisoning to a certain extent, and will help cure your body of it if it has already occurred.
  • The Miraculous Aloe Vera: Aloe vera gel is not called a miraculous remedy for skin problems without reason. It has extremely soothing properties that will help the burns, itching, or any other kind of irritation caused by sun poisoning. Simply scrape some gel off aloe vera leaves and apply it on the affected area.
Do this as many times a day as you can. For a cooling sensation, you can try to add pure mint extract to the gel. It will instantly cool your skin and reduce any itching or burning sensation.
  • The Cooling Juice of Cucumber and Potatoes: Both cucumbers and raw potatoes also have very soothing properties. Simply grate them and extract their juice, and apply it to the affected area. Again, do this as many times in a day as you can for best results.
  • The Power of Yogurt/Buttermilk/Milk: Yogurt is very healthy when consumed, but even better when applied topically for a case of sun poisoning. Use a cotton ball dipped either in yogurt or buttermilk to apply on the affected area. Expect instant relief from your problems.
Even cold whole milk applied on the skin till it dries is a great remedy for this problem. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to any of the aforementioned products you use for the antiseptic provides to prevent the development of any kind of infection.
  • The Unfailing Mustard Powder Paste: One of the best remedies for the stinging and burning caused by sun poisoning is the use of a paste made of yellow mustard powder with a few drops of water. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry.
Wash it off with cold water. If you experience a stinging sensation thereafter, apply some aloe vera gel on the area to cool it off. You will definitely feel much better after trying this remedy.
  • The Good Old Sandalwood: The paste of some sandalwood powder and a few drops of rose water is another great remedy to soothe your body. Again, apply it on the area and allow it to dry. Wash it off with cold water and dab it dry with a clean towel.
Apart from these remedies, ensure that you wear light, cotton clothes all the time. Avoid contact with the sun till you have not healed completely. If you must go out ensure that you are completely covered and have applied a good amount of sunscreen (at least SPF 30) before you step out.
Finally, if you experience nausea, dizziness, dehydration, or have fever along with the other symptoms of sun poisoning, you must visit your doctor immediately. Also, if you are allergic to any of the natural products mentioned above, refrain from their use. It is best to get a good remedy from your doctor at such a point in time.