For many of us, the summer means spending long days outside and in the sun. While some hope to come away from these days with a tan, they can often lead to a sunburn. Although sunburns may seem like just an annoyance, it is important to understand the facts about them and the damage they can cause.

What Is a Sunburn?

A sunburn is a reaction to the skin being over-exposed to the sun. This results in the skin becoming burnt, irritated, and turning red. The sun emits ultraviolet light, which can penetrate the skin. Over time, these ultraviolet rays can damage the skin and jumpstart the aging process prematurely. It can also lead to some more serious side effects, such as skin cancer.


Symptoms of a Sunburn

The sensitivity of your skin and the length of time you were exposed to the sun can affect your symptoms. The most common is the classic bright red skin. This can also be associated with some pain and irritation in the skin. As the sunburn begins to heal, your skin will start peeling. Some symptoms require a doctor’s attention, including high fever, chills, severe blisters, and dizziness. If you begin to notice any skin growths after a sunburn, it is crucial to have a doctor evaluate them.

Treatment for Sunburns

After a sunburn, you will probably be looking for some relief. You can do some easy things at home, such as apply a cold compress, aloe vera gels or creams, and drink lots of water. It is vital to avoid the sun as much as possible while healing. 

Treatment for Sunburns

After a sunburn, you will probably be looking for some relief. You can do some easy things at home, such as apply a cold compress, aloe vera gels or creams, and drink lots of water. It is vital to avoid the sun as much as possible while healing.

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Preventing Sunburn

It is important to try and prevent sunburns as much as possible. While you may not be able to avoid the sun, you can take precautions. Apply sunscreen every day, no matter how sunny it is. If you are going outside, you should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to going outside and reapply sunscreen every two hours, and it should be of SPF 30 or greater. 

You should also wear wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the sun. Some brands of sunscreen we like include Blue Lizard, Elta MD, and La Roche Posay.

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Sunburn Treatment at Skin Dermatology

Skin Dermatology is located in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Founded by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Alissa Lamoureux. Skin Dermatology provides patients with premier dermatology care in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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