Soothing Relief For Mild Sunburn Pain
Posted July 7, 2003 3:08 a.m. EDT
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — For many people, sunburn is just part of summer, but just one sunburn can damage skin and increase a person's risk of skin cancer.
"It's an SOS of the skin. The skin is responding to the sun by making darker skin cells," said Dr. Sarah Myers, a Duke dermatologist.
Even mild sunburns can be painful. For those suffering a sunburn following the holiday weekend, follow these helpful tips for soothing the pain and discomfort:
Severe sunburns sometime require immediate medical treatment. If you develop a fever, nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light or severe pain, call your doctor right away.
Although most people do not realize it, doctors can prescribe a corticosteroid cream which soothes the skin and speeds up the healing process.
Sometimes with severe sunburns, blisters can burst and become infected. If that happens, contact a doctor immediately.
It is best to avoid sunburns altogether. Sunblock and shade go a long way in keeping you from feeling the burn.