Stayed out in the sun too long or forgot to reapply your sunblock?
The next time you head outside on a sunny day, be prepared! Know how to recognize and treat a sunburn so you can stay safe from the sun's rays.
Symptoms Of A Sunburn
It's important to begin treating a sunburn as quickly as possible.
It may take up to 2 days for the severity of your sunburn to show, and several more days for it to heal.
Symptoms of a sunburn:
Redness of the skin
Skin that feels warm/hot to the touch
Small, fluid-filled blisters that may break
Eyes that feel painful/gritty
Headache, fever, nausea, or fatigue if sunburn is severe
When To Seek Medical Treatment
Sunburns can sometimes be very serious. Here's when you should seek help from a medical professional:
The sunburn is severe — with blisters — and covers a large portion of your body
You've developed a skin infection, indicated by swelling, pus, or red streaks leading from the blister
The sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, headache, severe pain, dehydration, confusion, nausea, or chills
Your sunburn doesn't respond to at-home care
Here are some tips to help reduce the pain and discomfort from a sunburn:
Apply a lotion or gel to the area such as aloe vera or calamine lotion
Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration
Take frequent cool baths or showers
Don't break intact blisters
Treat peeling skin gently
Cover your skin if you have to go back outside
Take a pain reliever with ibuprofen such as Advil or Motrin (always take any medication under a physician's guidance)
Jen got a sunburn at the beach. She doesn't have a fever, but both her arms are red and tender to the touch. What should she do?
Before getting some sun, remember to protect yourself: