Damage to skin by exposure to ultraviolet rays of sun is a common problem today taking to consideration the current scenario of rising temperature and scorching heat all over the globe especially in tropical and temperate zones.
Excessive UV radiation causes skin burn and damage to DNA. Skin tanning occurs as a result of excessive release of melanin by melanocytes of skin triggered by UVA and UVB frequencies of sun radiation.
The extent of damage caused on skin depends on the type of skin as well as the amount of time of exposure. Moderate sun tan may occur in less than 15 minutes of exposure but symptoms usually show in 30 minutes while the pain is usually extreme within 6 to 48 hours of exposure and may subside completely within 3 to 8 days following proper Ayurvedic management.
Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is the best destination for skin care Ayurvedictreatment. Sun tan is successfully managed through IAFA ultimate Ayurvedic solutions.
- Common presentation of sun tan is red, darkened, sometimes swollen, painful skin associated with burning sensation.
- Small fluid filled blisters.
- Mild symptoms include darkening, peeling, or itching of skin in sunlight exposed body parts like face, arm, legs, neck, feet, hand, and back.
- Severe sun tan causes burns and blistering on skin associated with fainting, unconsciousness, fever, chills, nausea, weakness, vomiting etc.
- In very severe cases symptoms of shock like low blood pressure, fainting, and extreme debility may be noticed.
Cause of tanning primarily includes extreme exposure to sunlight as well as artificial light like tanning lamp found in tanning beds.
Diagnosis is clinical based on history of exposure as well as examination of skin. Vitals have to be stabilised in severe cases.
For milder cases, application of Aloe Veragel, 1% hydrocortisone cream, taking cold shower, cold compress, wearing loose clothing is sufficient to alleviate the symptoms.
In severe cases, proper Ayurvedic management mentioned as per IAFA is suggestive, which includes internal and external medications.
The best way to avoid suntan is to minimize exposure and duration of exposure by following methods
- Wear broad spectrumAyurvedic sunscreen of appropriate SPF (sun protection factor).
- Use wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, well covered clothing while going out.
- Avoid going out at hottest part of day and opt for shady locations while outside.
“Following Ayurveda will surely help in better healing and recovery through safe and complete nature friendly treatment modalities.IAFA is the best destination in the world for Sun tan management and associated symptoms”.
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Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration
Diet in Sun Tan
- Consume tender coconut, fresh fruit juices, and light vegetarian food.
- Include Shariba, Usheera, Coconut etc. in diet.
- Avoid exposure to direct sun, heat, radiation etc.
- Avoid excess oily ,spicy food and abisyandhiahara (excess unctuous food)
- Shitkari pranayama- helps in alleviating vitiated pitta .
Sun tan can be correlated to kushta mentioned in CharakaSamhithachikitsastana chapter 7 kushtaprakarana.
Certain kushtais characterised by daha(burning sensation) , kandu (itching) ,ruja (pain) , raga (redness) ,and lesions may be correlated Sun tan.
Thiscondition is caused by vitiation of pitta dosha , more specifically pitta dosha increase.
- Pitta reducingchikitsa
- Nidanaparivarchakachikitsa – avoiding exposure to sunlight
- Shadangapaneeya/Usheerajala/Sharibapaneeya to drink frequently
- Kumariswarasa/ Aloe vera gel
- Sharibadichurna with honey
- After acute phase is stabilised proper skin care, medications for improving skin health may be followed for alleviating the effect of past exposure as well as preventing new suntan.
SINGLE HERBS USED IN AYURVEDA
- Kumari ( Aloevera)
- Swetachandana (Santalumalbum)
- Shariba (Hemidesusindicus)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist