Before last month, I had no idea what sun poisoning was. That all changed during my recent trip to Hawaii when I unexpectedly became an amateur expert on the subject.
It all began on my third day in Maui. I spent several hours outside soaking up the rays, so I rinsed off in the shower to ensure I’d be SPF-free before crawling into bed…and that’s when I felt it. And by “it,” I’m talking about sun poisoning (aka sun rash).
It started with a few small bumps on the back of my neck that were slightly itchy and hot to the touch. No big deal, I thought, especially since I have a grocery list of diagnosed food allergies that give me trouble on a daily basis. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that this was different from my average hive. By the next day, the bumpy rash had spread to my stomach, arms and legs. Crap.
After making a few calls, I soon learned that I had what is commonly referred to as sun poisoning. Basically, it’s an extreme case of sunburn.