Do you need a sun poisoning rash treatment? For those prone to either of the two types of “sun poisoning”, treating the itchy, red rash is of utmost importance. Photodermatitis, or the inflammatory skin reaction due to excess light from the sun, is not extremely common—but, for those experiencing the allergic-like reactions, it can quickly zap the joy from fun-in-the-sun activities. Whether you suffer from Polymorphous Light Eruption, a mild rashlike reaction to the sun’s rays or Solar Urticaria, a full blown allergic reaction to sun exposure, treatment of the “sun poisoning” rash is available.
What Do you Need to Treat a Sun Poisoning Rash?
- Physician’s Diagnosis
- Cool Compresses (cool, damp cloths often suffice)
- Over the Counter Antihistamine
- Prescription Medications (if necessary)
- Phototherapy (if necessary)
Steps for Treating a Sun Poisoning Rash.
- Protect yourself from sun exposure. Solar Urticaria sufferers may experience a rash within minutes of sun exposure while others prone to photodermatis may take days to react to exposure to the sun’s rays. Use sunscreen to minimize the sun’s penetration—and if you experience a reaction, cover the skin or protect it from sun as soon as possible.
- Apply cool compresses. This cools the skin—and also covers the skin from light sources. While this step does not stop the allergic reaction—it does bring some relief from the itchy, burn of the sun poisoning rash and often slows the spread.
- Obtain an official sun poisoning diagnosis. Even if you have suffered sun reactions or sun poisoning in the past, the symptoms are similar to other illnesses—and are even worsened by existing medical conditions such as Lupus. It’s important to have the initial diagnosis made by a medical professional.
- Use an over the counter antihistamine. For mild sun poisoning reactions, applying a topical antihistamine cream or taking the antihistamine in a pill form helps control the body’s allergic reaction response to the sun poisoning. A physician may recommend this instead of prescription treatment or may move on to a stronger prescription treatment or therapy regiment.
- Moderate to severe reactions often require prescriptions or phototherapy. In severe cases, sufferers may require an immune system suppressor—such as a cortisone medication—to slow down the body’s allergic response. Other prescription based therapies are sometimes recommended depending on the severity of the reaction. Some sun poisoning patients benefit from the use of phototherapy to help the body adapt to increasing levels of sun exposure as well.
- Take care to prevent future reaction. Avoiding the sun during peak hours, such as 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and using protection are important to preventing future sun poisoning episodes. Phototherapy also helps many sun poisoning sufferers desensitize against the sun's rays, avoiding future reactions.