What Is Sun Poisoning?

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As summer approaches, more and more people look for ways to soak up the sun. They plan beach vacations, picnics and other outdoor entertainment. A small amount of sunlight every day can be healthy and ensure that you get your recommended dosage of vitamin D. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, though. Sunburn or its extreme version, sun poisoning, can end a great outing on a sour note.

Sun poisoning occurs when you are exposed to too many of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Different factors influence whether or not you are in danger of sun poisoning. Understanding the risks and signs of this painful condition can help you recognize it in its initial stages so that you are able to get out of the sun and hopefully avoid further exposure. Here are 10 things you should know about sun poisoning.

1. Some People Are at Higher Risk

The sun’s UV rays do not affect everyone in the same way. Some people can stay outside all day and experience very few negative outcomes. Others must be vigilant about the length of time they stay in the sun and how often they reapply sunscreen.

People who have fair skin and light-colored hair, particularly redheads, are more prone to sun poisoning than those with darker skin tones or dark hair. These people have less melanin, which absorbs UV light and protects the skin from damage. Certain medications can also make you burn more easily in the sun. For example, many birth control drugs, antidepressants, acne medication, heart pills and antibiotics can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Certain fragrances in perfumes and body lotion can also intensify the effect the sun has on your exposed skin. Knowing your risk level can help you take the right precautions before spending time outdoors.

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