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Preventing Sunburns

Sunburn

It is important to protect your skin.  Ways of doing this include using sunscreen, hats with wide brims, sunglasses, loose fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers arms and legs, and going in the shade when possible.   More sun exposure can put you at risk for skin cancer. 

Concerning signs of potential skin cancer:

Look for the ABCDE of skin cancer.  See a provider if you notice any asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes, diameter increase, or evolution of your moles. 

If you get a sunburn home care includes using cool cloths on the area, cool showers or baths, apply aloe vera, and taking anti-inflammatory medications if you are able to tolerate anti-inflammatory medications.  When the skin peels you can use lotion to relieve itching.  Most importantly protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen and covering up. 

If you develop small blisters from a sun burn do not break them, just leave them alone as they usually heal on their own.  Avoid wearing shoes or clothing that irritate or rub the blisters.  Do not cover the blisters unless something such as clothing is rubbing against the blister.

Concerning signs to seek immediate care include:

Signs of dehydration: sunken eyes, dry mouth, dizzy, or if you only pass small amounts of dark urine.  Signs of infection such as swelling, warmth, redness, red streaks leading from the area, if pus drains from the area, or a fever.  

Chelsey O’Neill ARNP

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