You feel like you have the flu
Summer isn’t exactly flu season, so if you feel achy or have other flu-like symptoms after a long day in the sun, they may actually be sun poisoning symptoms. “When the skin is damaged by UV rays, it releases chemicals that basically turn on the immune system and make you feel terrible like you’ve got the flu,” says John Anthony, MD, dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Sun poisoning isn’t technically poisoning; it’s a layperson term for a super severe sunburn that has systemic effects. So, when you turn the corner from uncomfortable redness to a deep rouge so severe it triggers an immune response that makes you feel sick, that’s a sign you’ve had way too much. Here is the best sunscreen timeline to follow for sunburn prevention.
Your skin prickles
An ordinary sunburn is far from comfortable to touch, but sun poisoning even more so. Take note of these key sun poisoning symptoms: If your body is covered in a prickly sensation or you want to scream every time a hand or shirt brushes against your skin, it could be a sign your sunburn is on the very severe side. Apply soothing aloe, take a cool shower, apply cold compresses, or pop an ibuprofen to relieve the pain.