What To Do When You’ve Had Too Much Sun

Sunburn at the beach

Too much Sun?

Just about everyone loves the ocean and the beach.

What’s not to love, right? The water and waves, the miles of beachfront, and the scent of saltwater in the air that can only be found at the beach. Many dream of this all year long and look forward to an annual vacation to the coast.

At Sloane Vacations, we look forward to your return every year.

But how many really prepare for spending so much time in the sun? Sadly, not many, and they pay the price once they’re here by overdoing their sun exposure.

What is a Sunburn?

Technically, a Sunburn is a radiation burn of the skin, caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (usually coming from the Sun).

How can you tell when you’re had too much sun? Even short term overexposure can cause burning of your skin. The skin becomes red, hot and very painful. After a few days, the skin may peel. Take a cool shower or bath to help with the pain and try after-sun lotions. For a severe sunburn or blisters, see a doctor immediately.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion occurs when your internal temperature reaches 104 degrees F or more. You may feel sick, sweat excessively, have a headache, and feel faint. The body becomes dehydrated. If you suspect heat exhaustion, move into the shade and drink plenty of non-alcoholic cool fluids. You should be able to recover from heat exhaustion within 30 minutes.

Advanced heat exhaustion turns into heatstroke.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms of heatstroke include vomiting, confusion, hyperventilation and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is a medial emergency and you should dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance.

People of all ages should protect their skin from the sun. Eight out of 10 skin cancers are caused by repeated excessive exposure to the sun. Skin cells that are damaged are at greater risk of becoming abnormal and cancerous. It is even more important to protect children from the sun. The amount of sun exposure during childhood is thought to increase the risk of sin cancer as an adult.


Here’s a few tips to have fun in the sun, without the worry of these scary situations.

  • Cover up and avoid too much ditect sun.
  • Use sunscreen and definitely avoid the sun when it’s at its hottest during midday.
  • Keep children covered with hats, neck protectors and long sleeves.
  • Consider taking them to the beach early in the day or later, such as after dinner.

If you want to really play it safe, get a bit of sun during your daytrips around the area, check out our listing of fun Things to Do in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Benefits of the Sun

There are the benefits of sunshine too, though.

Sunlight improves our overall sense of well-being and makes us happier. It encourages the production of Serotonin, known as the happy hormone.

Enjoy spending time in the sun when it’s not strong and limit your time in it.

We want you to enjoy the beach and the sun, but please keep yourself safe!

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