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Sun Poison: Incurring the wrath of the Sun God…

Posted Jun 08 2010 5:48am


Introduction

Almost every culture in the history of mankind has revered the Sun. Whether it was the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Incas, Aztecs, Egyptians and so on and so forth. Most of these cultures continue to revere the magnificence, benevolence and radiance of the sun in their day-to-day living.

Every civilization worshipped the Sun as a deity, giving him different names but there was one thing they all had in common – they knew what their lives would be, without the sun. Complete darkness…

Fast forward to today's world, and perhaps not so many people regard the sun as a deity any more but perhaps take a more scientific less antiquated approach towards what it does for us.

The bottom line is: no matter how we look at it… the Sun still rises in the East and sets in the West, and continues to go about its business!

When it comes to medicine, however, the Sun is viewed as life-giving body as its warmth and light creates a sunny disposition in all of us, but just as all things that are overdone, the after effects of being too sunny (or staying out for too long in the sun) leaves us with results that can be safely considered as being naive.

Yes, sometimes in the effort to get a 'healthy tan' (or whatever that means) sunburns are a serious issue to deal with, thanks to unfiltered UV rays that lead to a series of side effects that are known to be harmful to man.

When it comes to sunburns, another conditions known as 'sun poisoning' has taken center stage recently, with its unwilling recipient being hypersensitive to the sun's rays.

Sun Poisoning & it symptoms

Medically speaking, there is no difference between a sunburn and sun poisoning, as they are both called photodermatitis. However, those who get sun poisoning end up with issues (or symptoms) which indicate that their skin is far more sensitive to the sun.

Some of the symptoms include redness of the skin, rash, itchiness and blisters which can lead to infection. Of course, it is only the areas of skin that are overexposed to the sun that show these symptom.

Non-skin symptoms are mostly fluid loss, chills, rapid pulse and breathing, electrolyte imbalance, fever, dizziness, fatigue, headache and nausea among other complications as well.

And much like people who have experienced sunburns, it is important to treat these symptoms as soon as possible.

Sun Poisoning Treatment

As the reactions to the overexposure to the sun vary, there are some basics of treatment that one can follow.

1) Apply aloe vera (much like sunburns to sooth the sunburned skin). Pat the skin dry but DON'T rub!

2) Take beta-carotene supplements or use tincture to reduce inflammation as well.

3) Drink plenty of water, and stay out of the sun between noon and 3 PM atleast.

4) Applying ice or cold compresses to the burned area can be soothing as well, while one can also opt for an aspirin.

5) If you are nauseated or feel like vomiting, head to the emergency room, and ensure that you consult consistently with a dermatologist thereafter.

In Closing

Superstitious or not, one can perhaps refer to sunburns and sun poisoning rather quaintly as 'incurring the wrath of the Sun God'… hence, requiring to 'lurk in the shadows' until his anger is appeased. Meaning, no singing Jimmy Cliff cover songs for some time…

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