It is right about this time of year that I find myself smiling through the most mundane portions of my day. And it isn’t just because Summer is right around the corner. It is, quite simply because the amount of sunshine in my world is increasing exponentially every single day.
There is something about the sun that literally brightens my mental attitude and puts a spring in my step. And while it is hard to believe that there can ever be too much sun, I do know it is important to be aware of its power. Unfortunately, the sun’s rays are poisonous to some of us. Nearly 10% of Americans can’t absorb sunshine without becoming sick.
What To Look For
Sun sensitivity is more common in women that it is in men and most often affects people with fair-skin (even if you have never experienced this before – you DO need to be on the look-out!). Red bumps or lesions are the most common reaction and typically appear on areas of the body that aren’t exposed to any sun during the winter months: the chest, the legs or the arms. This type of sensitivity is rarely seen on the face.
If you experience sun sensitivity, you may also suffer from headaches, chills, blisters, swelling or nausea.
The Best Treatment
Getting over a sun-poisoning episode isn’t fun – it is often itchy and sometimes painful, but, thankfully, it is usually brief, not lasting more than a couple of days. With a few over-the-counter items, you can seek some relief. Anti-inflammatory medicines can help with swelling and discomfort, Hydro-cortisone cream or lotion can ease the itching, cool baths (with oatmeal or similar skin soothing treatment) and cool towels can help with hot skin, and sunscreen will protect you when you are out and about.
Keep in mind that a fever associated with any of these symptoms is just begging you to call the doctor. And none of the suggestions above are intended to take the place of medical advice (since I’m not a doctor).
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