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It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. But while time outdoors can provide great exercise- not to mention a boost of Vitamin D- too much time outside can also take its toll on your skin. Sunburn is a common problem in the warmer months. For some people, sun poisoning can also be an issue. But what is the difference between these two conditions- and how do they each affect the skin? In this article, we’ll go over the differences between sun poisoning vs. sunburn.

What Causes a Sunburn?

We all know that the sun gives us light and heat. However, it also gives us radiation. Daily exposure to this UV radiation is generally okay for most of us. But repeated exposure can lead to sunburn. Anyone can get this red, painful rash. However, people with lighter complexions are at a greater risk. This is because their skin produces less melanin, which is a protective pigment in the skin.

What About Sun Poisoning?

While sun poisoning is serious, this condition does not mean that you’ve been actually poisoned. Really, it just means that you have a more severe sunburn. It is caused by the same UV rays that cause sunburn. However, people with sun poisoning have endured much longer periods in the sun. In addition to skin symptoms, sun poisoning can also cause nausea, fever and chills.

Sun Poisoning Vs. Sunburn- Effects on the Skin

Both of these conditions primarily affect the skin. Patients will notice red, painful, and tender skin on the area that was exposed to the sun. People with sunburns will notice that their burn eventually starts to itch and peel as it heals. On the other hand, people with sun poisoning might experience painful blisters or a rash forming after the initial sunburn. People with both conditions will need to take good care of their skin to ease their pain and prevent further damage.

Talk to Your Dermatologist

Not sure if you are dealing with sun poisoning vs. sunburn? It’s best to talk to a doctor. Your dermatologist can check your skin, help you heal, and also give you tips for preventing further issues in the future. Call Care Dermatology today to book your appointment.