Sunburn

Treatment

Sunburn is a common skin condition that occurs when your skin is damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds. It can happen to anyone, regardless of skin type or age, but is most common in individuals with fair skin. Sunburn is not only painful but also increases your risk of skin cancer over time.

The affected skin becomes red and may feel warm to the touch. Sunburn can be painful, and the affected skin may feel tight or itchy. You may notice mild swelling in the sunburned area. Severe sunburn can lead to the formation of blisters filled with fluid. After a few days, the sunburned skin may start to peel.

Sunburn occurs when UV radiation damages your skin cells. Prolonged exposure to the sun without adequate protection, such as sunscreen, hats, or clothing, increases your risk of getting sunburned. Fair-skinned individuals, people at higher altitudes, and those taking certain medications that make the skin more sensitive to UV rays are more susceptible to sunburn.

Sunburn is typically easy to recognize based on its symptoms. A healthcare provider may examine your skin if you're unsure about the severity or if you experience severe blistering, fever, or chills, as these could be signs of a more serious sunburn.

Apply a cold, damp cloth to the affected area for 15-20 minutes to help reduce pain and heat. Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin can alleviate discomfort and reduce inflammation. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as sunburn can cause fluid loss. Over-the-counter creams with hydrocortisone can provide relief from itching and inflammation.

Apply aloe vera gel to the sunburned area to soothe and hydrate the skin. An oatmeal bath can help reduce itching and soothe the skin. Avoid further sun exposure until your skin has healed.

To prevent future sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer be sure to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, seek shade especially during the middle hours of the day, avoid tanning beds, and get regular skin checks.

The best way to prevent sunburn is by taking precautions whenever you're exposed to the sun. Wearing SPF 30+ sunscreen, wearing sun protective clothing, using hats, sunglasses, and seek shade.

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