I thought my sunburn would turn into a nice tan but I ended up with sun poisoning

WE all want to have that golden glow that comes with a nice summer tan.

But one woman's sunbathing left her with a swollen and puffy face from spending too long outdoors.


Posting to TikTok Emma said that instead of sun-kissed skin, she was actually left with sun poisoning.

This is severe sunburn that can be similar to an allergic reaction.

In most cases you will have the same symptoms as sunburn, such as red skin.

But hours after exposure you might develop a blistering, itchy rash and experience nausea and extreme thirst.

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Emma's video wracked up over a million views after she posted shots of her with a puffy face and swollen lips.

She said: "Me thinking my sunburn was going to turn into a nice tan in the morning."

In a video that has now been removed from the platform, Emma added: "Omg sun poisoning. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry."

Social media users flocked to the comments section to show their support, with many saying they had experienced the same pain, The Daily Star reported.

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It's important to note that sun poisoning isn't the same as actual poisoning – but it can inflict severe damage to your skin.

The more you burn, the more you increase your risk of deadly skin cancer.

Sun poisoning is a condition that can last for weeks and treatment can include cold baths or a cold compress, steroid creams, oral steroids, pain medication, antibiotics and IV fluids to combat dehydration.

The main symptoms of sun poisoning are:

  • severe rash
  • blistering or peeling skin
  • nausea
  • dehydration
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • lightheadedness
  • shortness of breath
  • fainting

You may also experience blisters on your lips, Dr Matthew Goldman said.

Experts have previously warned against the dangers of even a little bit of sunburn.

Dr Sarah Carlick said that even though we aren't yet in the hottest summer months, it can be easy to dismiss the power the sun has.

"Unfortunately, once the damage is done, it's done," she said.

She added that all sun damage could prove fatal down the line.

"If someone gets really red or pink and they do that maybe once or twice a year, then they are constantly increasing their risk of that skin cancer growing.

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"You might think, 'Oh, they are just a little bit pink, it doesn't matter', but it really does.

"It compounds year on year," Dr Carlick said.

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