|MadSci Network: Medicine|
I fear that this answer likely comes too late to relieve your suffering. Let's hope that it comes in handy next time. "Sun poisoning" is a term used to describe second-degree burns to the skin due to overexposure to solar radiation; in other words, sunburn that starts to blister. It can be very painful in the early stages, and as time goes on, the blisters become maddeningly itchy. This is due to the body's own rapair mechanisms going to work under the skin. That, however, is little comfort to the sufferer. The danger with sun poisoning is that the blisters may rupture. When this happens, there is a danger of infection. Any creams or ointments must be applied *very carefully* to avoid breaking any of the blisters. I would recommend an antibiotic ointment, which will help defend against infection should a blister break, and particularly one which contains lidocaine, or some other agent specifically for the treatment of pain and itching. A bit of benadryl or other antihistamine will help alleviate the itching as well. (Please note that I am not a medical doctor, and am merely passing on that advice which was given to me by my personal physician when I suffered a case of sun poisoning. I recommend that you contact your own physician should you ever suffer such overexposure to the sun again.) On a final note, be aware that there is strong evidence to link over- exposure to the sun to skin cancer. It is best to avoid the sun, and to wear a strong sunblock if you cannot.
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