Sunburn Treatment at Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic in Phoenixville, PA
During the summer, when the heat turns up and the sun is strongest, we are at higher risks of getting sunburn while enjoying our outdoor activities. It is important to take the proper precautions to avoid sunburns because not only are they uncomfortable and can cause nausea and dehydration, there can be more serious long term side effects.
Sunburn is a catalyst for premature aging, sun spots and wrinkles. More serious side effects include cancerous and pre-cancerous squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma which can be life threatening.
Most people don’t realize that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The good news is that skin cancer is very preventable.
Sunburn Prevention Tips:
- Always apply sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend SPF 30 to 50; re-apply every 90 minutes.
- Wear protective clothes, hats and UV protective sunglasses. The eyes are particularly sensitive to UV radiation.
- Avoid the sun during high noon hours. If possible, avoid the sun between 10AM and 2PM.
- Beware of sand and snow! Sand reflects up to 20 percent, and snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s rays, so it’s important to always wear a good sunscreen at the beach or on the ski slopes.
Sunburn Symptom Relief:
- Assess the damage. Sunburns can range from mild to severe, some resulting in blisters.
- Moisturize after a cool shower. Apply moisturizer cream or lotion that contains Vitamins C and E to the affected areas. Repeat this routine 2-3 times a day to avoid peeling or flaking.
- Hydrate. When our skin is badly sunburned, there is extra fluid loss from the skin. Drink the proper amount of water to replace the fluids lost, and to also help cool down the skin.
- Medicate. If you have been badly burned, it is okay to take ibuprofen. The anti-inflammatory effect of ibuprofen can alleviate some of the discomfort and chills associated with severe sunburn.
If you or someone you know has been sunburned, please visit AFC Urgent Care Phoenixville to be seen by a board-certified physician 7 days a week with no appointment necessary. We also accept most insurance plans and offer low rates for our self-pay patients.