How to Treat a Sunburn & Tips to Avoid Overexposure
This year’s severe storms aren’t just wreaking havoc on our weather.
Harvard University researchers say violent storms may also be causing the protective ozone layer over the U.S. to thin, increasing exposure to ultraviolet radiation and the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Protecting your skin from possible sun damage has never been more important.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a skin protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect against both sunburn-causing UVB rays and the UVA rays associated with premature aging and skin cancer.
Despite precautions, it can be easy to misjudge sun exposure. If you suspect sunburn, begin treatment at the first sign of reddening skin.
- Cool the skin with a cool (not cold) shower or bath.
- Apply moisturizing cream or lotion and repeat frequently. Some people feel moisturizers containing vitamins C and E help limit skin damage, although this has not been proven. Cortisone and aloe vera gel may be used to help alleviate pain.
- Sunburn redirects fluid from the rest of the body to the skin’s surface, so keep your body well hydrated.
- Start taking ibuprofen (Advil) at the first sign of sunburn and continue for up to 48 hours. Anti-inflammatory drugs help alleviate swelling and redness which may help prevent skin damage.
- Keep an eye on sunburns. If blistering occurs over 20% of the body, or fever or chills develop, seek medical attention.
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