African Americans And Sun Poisoning

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Asked by Tieren

African Americans And Sun Poisoning

I am an African American, and I know that melanin will protect me some, but living in Australia, I got sun poisoning. I have little bumps all over most of my body (hands, shoulders, legs, arms). What will help get rid of them? I really need to move back to the States.

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Hello

I am so sorry you got sun poisoning! I had this once from a visit to Florida when I didn't use any sun screen. I had it bad with a fever and I was vomiting. How bad is it for you? It is true that just because you have dark skin does not mean you are immune to the sun's harmful effects.

I am going to give you some advice on how to treat your sun poisoning from one of our skin care experts:

"If your symptoms are limited to mild discomfort, treat your skin the way you would treat any sunburn. Stay hydrated, apply ice or cold compresses to reduce swelling or itching, and take aspirin. Apply aloe if it helps and keep out of the sun. Try taking beta-carotene supplements as they've been shown to ease inflammation. Avoid using oils or anything that contains potential irritants such as fragrances and exfoliants.

On the other hand, if the burn is more painful or you exhibit any of the systemic symptoms listed above, step up your efforts to cool down and hydrate. Drink plenty of fluids and take a bath in cool (not cold) water. Pat skin dry-don't rub-and stay in a cool environment until your symptoms ease."

I would strongly recommend that you do see your doctor to get checked out just in case. And do use sun screen!

I hope you feel better soon.

Answered by Merely Me