A WOMAN claims she suffered "sun poisoning" after going out on the hottest day of the year caused her face to balloon.
Aaliyah Khayal, from Brighton, says she slathered on factor 50 sun cream before heading out to the beach with her friends.
But after spending six hours in the blistering heat, the 22-year-old says she suffered a severe inflammatory reaction to the sun.
The student said she woke the next day unable to see after swelling forced her eyes shut.
Initially, she though she had suffered an allergic reaction but claims her doctor diagnosed her with "sun poisoning"'.
It's the most severe form of sunburn which leads to blistering and swelling – and can even leave some victims permanently scarred.
Aaliyah claims she topped up with 50 SPF suncream during her day by the sea- but says it wasn't enough to protect her.
She explained: “I went out with a few of my friends on Saturday where we had a barbecue down the beach to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
“As always, before leaving the house, I applied suncream – always factor 50 – just to make sure that I didn’t burn.
“I topped up once throughout the day, applying it to my face and arms, but when I got home to take a shower, I could feel my face starting to swell and felt like I was going to overheat.”
When she woke up the next day, Aaliyah’s face had become so swollen that she wasn’t even able to open her eyes.
The Open University criminology student also believes her sunglasses failed to protect her from the rays.
“When I woke up, I thought I had gone blind,” she recalled.
“I look utterly horrendous – almost as if I have been stung by a thousand bees.
“I can barely even open my eyes as my face has almost swollen to double the size – I’ve even had to take time off work because of it.
“The ordeal has left me too scared to leave the house, let alone go back in the sun.”
What is sun poisoning?
Sun poisoning, believe it or not, is actually a thing.
Also known as photodermatitis, it's a skin reaction that happens after being exposed to sunlight and it can be pretty serious.
- Itchiness, bumps, or blisters
- Pain and swelling
- Darkening of the skin:
It's not actually sunburn but actually a type of allergic reaction that some people have a genetic predisposition towards.
Treatment can include:
- applying damp dressings to open wounds
- light therapy
- dietary changes to increase vitamin intake
- reducing sun exposure
- using high grade sun lotion
“I have no idea how this has happened to me,” she added.
“When you put on factor 50 suncream, you don’t expect this to happen to you.”
Aaliyah was given a couple of injections and was given tablets to treat the severe swelling.
She’s now urging others to be more careful when spending time in the sun.
According to the Met Office, Saturday was the warmest day of the year so far – and the hottest June day on record.
A spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The highest temperatures were on Saturday.
“Brighton reached a maximum temperature of 28.1C and inland it was hotter.”
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