It’s summer time which means a lot of us are outside enjoying the nice weather! Unfortunately summer is also the season for sunburn. Sunburn is caused by too much exposure to UV light, which you can get in many ways. Unfortunately the easiest way to get UV light exposure is laying out in the sun without correctly applying sunblock.
Sunburn should not be taken lightly especially for kids ages 12 and under. When we acquire sunburn we are damaging our skin cells, making them weaker and flooding them with radiation. Kids 12 and under are twice as likely to develop Melanoma Skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and is also the most common form we see in urgent cares. It is important to always reapply sunblock every 25-30 mins when laying out in the sun!
Sunburn symptoms can vary on the amount of exposure you have gotten throughout the day. Minimal sunburns will appear quickly after exposure to the sun about 2-3 hours, and then will stop getting worse. Minimal exposures can be treated with aspirin, moisturizers specifically that contain Aloe Vera and cool baths for the pain.
However semi-severe to severe forms of sunburn won’t show up fully until 24-48 hours. If you have symptoms of: Blisters around the body, high fever and Headaches, constant dehydration, confusion, nausea, skin inflammation, swelling with puss or unbearable pain to the touch you should stop by our urgent care office immediately. AFC urgent care will provide you with treatment and test you need to beat sunburn and have you off to enjoy the rest of your summer!