Summer Skin Care – When Sun Burns Happen

You can get a sun burn without the use of UPF clothing and sunscreen.  Try to prevent sun burns from happening by wearing sunscreen and UPF clothing and limiting your time in the sun from 10 am - 4 pm.  If a sun burn does happen follow these recommendations from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
  • Act quickly and get out of the sun if you feel tingling or see reddening of the skin.

  • Moisturize your skin after a cool bath or shower.  Hydrocortisone cream can help alleviate discomfort.

  • Drink plenty of fluids and watch for signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and sleepiness.

  • Take ibuprofen for 48 hours to help lessen redness and swelling and possibly prevent long term damage to the skin.

  • If the sunburn is on more than 20% of your body or if you experience fever and chills, seek medical attention.

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