man with sunburn

Did you know that a sunburn damages your skin? Although the discomfort is usually minor and healing often occurs in about a week, a more severe sunburn may require medical attention.

Symptoms of sunburn are well known: the skin becomes red, painful and abnormally warm after sun exposure.

What to do:

  • Prevent sunburn with sunscreen and protective clothing, including hats, long sleeves and pants, and SPF-rated clothing.
  • Consult a doctor if the sunburn affects an infant younger than one year of age or if fever, fluid-filled blisters or severe pain are present.

Also, remember these tips when treating sunburn:

  • avoid repeated sun exposure,
  • apply cold compresses or immerse the sunburned area in cool water,
  • apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas (do not use salve, butter or ointment) and
  • do not break blisters.
This page was last modified on June 21, 2022


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