Sun Poisoning Rash – Pictures, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

So the long hours under the sun has finally gone wrong for you and you have ended up with itchy rashes. Know all about Sun Poisoning Rashes, their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. There are also pics of skin rashes that can be useful for you.

What is Sun Poisoning Rash?

Pictures of Sun Poisoning Rash
Picture 1 – Sun Poisoning Rash
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Sun Poisoning Rashes are skin rashes that develop as an allergic reaction of the body in response to prolonged exposure to the sun. Anyone can suffer from Sun Poisoning Rashes. However, fair-skinned people are more susceptible to this condition as their skin lack the necessary pigmentation to combat the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Sun Poisoning Rash Symptoms

Know about some of the major symptoms of Sun Poisoning Rashes :

Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are the most visible symptom of this condition. Sun Allergy Rashes arise as a bodily reaction against exposure to the sun rays. It is often a case of tanning gone wrong.

Sun Poisoning Rashes appear to view as small, red patches on the skin. These are usually itchy, painful and elevated. The rashes may appear within a few minutes of exposure of skin to sun or it may arise a good few hours afterwards.

The condition is usually a mild one and marked only by the appearance of skin rashes. However, there can be other associated symptoms in severe cases. These are


Skin rashes can also be accompanied with headache. The person may experience an acute pain in the temple that can impair activities and make it very discomforting for the person.


The person can also experience nauseating symptoms along with headache. There is a theory that nausea arises from acute pain in the head.


The affected person also suffers from dizziness. There may be a mild or severe reeling sensation in the sufferer.


A sufferer may also experience increased body temperatures due to the condition. Fever is accompanied with chills.

Sun Poisoning Rash Causes

Read on to know about some of the major causes of Sun Poisoning Rash :

UV Rays

As aforementioned, prolonged exposure of the skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun result in Sun Poisoning of the skin.

Absence of Pigmentation

As aforesaid, fair-skinned people are at more risk of having Sun Poisoning Rashes as their skin do not have the pigmentation necessary to act as a protective barrier between the epidermis and the UV rays of the sun.


Certain medicines increase the vulnerability of the skin to UV rays. Components like Salicylanilide and Hexachlorophene, found in industrial cleaner and antibacterial soaps respectively, Tetracycline Antibiotics, birth control pills, tranquilizers and blood-pressure reducing drugs increase the sensitivity of the skin. These drugs can give rise to burns and rashes in the skin even without any exposure to the sun.

Other potentially risky drugs are Thisazide Diruretics and antibiotics. Certain chemicals in cosmetic products like soaps, perfumes and lipsticks also invite skin rashes similar to Sun Poisoning Rashes.

Sun Poisoning Rash Diagnosis

The condition is mainly diagnosed by physical observation. An experienced healthcare professional looks at the rashes with naked eye and diagnoses the condition.

Sun Poisoning Rash Treatment

For rashes arising out of Sun Poisoning Treatment consists of reducing the excess temperature of the body that gives rise to rashes. This is done by making the body cool and hydrated by natural methods and lifestyle modification. Know about the common methods used in treatment for Sun Poisoning.


Taking cool water showers after every few hours will help reduce the body temperature and prevent rise of skin rashes.

Avoid Strong Soaps

Do not use hard soaps on the skin while taking bath. This may lead to allergy in the rash spots and further complicate the situation.

Treat the Rashes Gently

Gently rub the affected spots with a soft towel to dry them. Never scratch the itchy rashes with your bare finer nails. This may chafe the region. Use the soft end of a cloth or towel to scratch the spots.

Sponge the Spots

Soak a cotton ball with a small amount of cold water or milk. Press it over the rashes. Soak it again and continue the process. Go on doing this for 15-20 minutes to draw out heat from the body.

Increase fluid Intake

Drink plenty of fluids. This will keep the body hydrated and reduce prevalence of rashes.


Itching and inflammatory symptoms are usually controlled with anti-itching medicines. Though analgesics and over-the-counter anti-itching and anti-inflammatory oral drugs and topical ointments are available, it is better if you consult your doctor prior to using any of these. Make your doctor know if you suffer from any other disease like diabetes before he/she prescribes drugs.

Sun Poisoning Rash Natural Treatment

Some of the most important Sun Poisoning Rash natural remedies include :

Baking soda Solution

Mix a little baking soda to a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply this over the rashes to get relief from painful symptoms.

Calamine Lotion

Itchiness is a major complain for sufferers of Sun Poisoning Rashes. Calamine lotion is found to be quite effective in reducing itchiness in such type of skin rashes.

Antioxidant Foods

Sufferers must incorporate into their diet foods that are rich in antioxidants such as berries, broccoli, beans, tomatoes, spinach, whole grains, carrots and soy. Green tea is also a rich source of antioxidants.

Sun Poisoning Rash Healing

People suffering from sun blisters are generally seen to recover within a few hours or within a week. Some people may take a little longer. But the condition usually resolves in a couple of weeks. Following effective Sun Poisoning Rash cure can make the rashes go away much earlier.

Sun Poisoning Rash Pictures

Curious to know what does Sun Poisoning Rash look like? Here are some useful Sun Poisoning Pictures. These pictures of skin poisoning rash show people who have suffered from rash after sun exposure. If you are suffering from rashes, these Sun Poisoning Rash photos can help you decide whether you are really suffering from the condition.

Sun Poisoning Rash Images
Picture 2 – Sun Poisoning Rash Picture
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Sun Poisoning Rash Pictures
Picture 3 – Sun Poisoning Rash Photo
Source – typepad

If you are suffering from sun blisters, it is advisable that you use the natural sun rash treatments at home. If the condition shows no improvement in a day or two, you should get professional medical assistance. This will help you make a faster recovery from this non-threatening but discomforting condition.


Published on February 23rd 2011 by  under Skin, Hair and Nails.
Article was last reviewed on 23rd February 2011.

3 responses to “Sun Poisoning Rash – Pictures, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment”

  1. Calvin Cheng says:


    I used to be allergic to the sun, especially during summer months. I would get a rash on my body, including my arms, neck, face, etc. I eventually heard that garlic chives, called 韭菜 (jiǔ cài) could be used to treat it. I rubbed cut-up garlic chives over my body, and the rash went away. I repeated this in subsequent years, and I stopped getting rashes altogether. Praise God!


  2. Stephanie says:

    I am not real sure about the garlic – but, good luck to those that go that route.

    I tan easily, and sometimes stay out to long, and will get a sun rash. It usually itches and stings more than anything else.
    I have found that staying out of the sun is the best thing, but I can not help myself.
    When i notice that a rash appears – mine starts on my belly – , I will take a cool shower with no soap except for the shampoo on my hair, and pout a can of evap. milk over my belly. that helps to take the sting out, and some relief from the heat of it. RINSE that off.
    pat dry, and apply a bit of cortizone to the rash areas. and then I just wait.
    When the rash is gone, I do try to stay out of direct sunlight for at least 2-3 days.
    Hope your sunburn feels better, and if it is really, really bad, go on to the doctor and let them prescribe something! That big, red, ball in the sky that we call the sun is brutal!!!

  3. Keith says:

    Like Stephanie said keep the sun off you skin or wear lotion with at least 50 sp or higher in it. I usually get on my left arm which is in the sun when I’m driving. But I can get any place that is exposed to the sun too long. I didn’t know that diuretic’s caused it. I’m been taking a blood pressure med with it a long time. I get tiny water filled boils like and they itch a lot. It never goes away for a long time. Unlike what they said a couple weeks. It stays with me for a year or more. I’m going to stop taking the diuretic blood pressure meds and see if it helps it go away faster. I found when I moved to Florida that the sun there is stronger and cause’s it easier. But if I don’t let the sunlight stay on my skin for more than a couple minutes I’m fine. Definitely having my Doctor change my medication. It’s like poison Ivy that won’t go away a lot more serious than they talked about.

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