Whether you’re on a boat, at the beach or just hanging out in the sun, it doesn’t take long for your skin to burn if you’re not properly protected.
“One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chance of developing melanoma in his or her lifetime,” says Vickie Reynolds, a nurse practitioner at Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Hampton County. “Still, a Skin Cancer Foundation poll found 52 percent of respondents admitted getting sunburned at least once a year.”
To prevent ultraviolet radiation from damaging your skin, Vickie recommends applying sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher 30 minutes before you go outside and every couple of hours during your exposure to the sun. If you do get sunburned, time is the only cure.
Vickie suggests these remedies to temporarily ease the pain:
- Lie in a cool bath or apply a cool compress directly to the skin.
- Take a pain reliever, such as Tylenol.
- Use a topical moisturizer such as aloe vera gel with lidocaine. For people with a severe sunburn whose skin has blistered, Reynolds may prescribe an antibiotic cream, such as Silvadene.
Questions? You can reach Vickie directly at 803-943-5228.