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Sun Poisoning vs Sunburn; How to protect yoursel

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“Sun Poisoning” is the medical term for an extreme sunburn. While the sun does not actually poison you, the ultra violet or UV rays inflame and “cook” the skin and make you feel ill.  The main difference between sun poisoning and sunburn is that the Sun Poisoning is a type of allergic reaction that occurs when the skin has been exposed to strong UV light for too long. While sunburn symptoms are usually present in cases of sun poisoning, sun poisoning is usually more severe and last for longer. Generally, Spending too much time in the sun increases the chances of getting skin cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any gender and race are at risk for skin cancer. The earlier the age of sunburn, the higher the risk for skin cancer. This is why it is so important to avoid sunburn in general at any age, but especially protecting our children. Remember that a “broad-spectrum” SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. 

The best ways to protect yourself and family are in the following ways:

  1. Wear sunscreen and apply often…don’t forget the tops of your ears
  2. Wear long sleeves and pants if possible to avoid sun exposure
  3. IF you get sunburned, go to shade and a cool place
  4. Stay hydrated!
  5. Use aloe or other sunburn cream…NEVER use anything oil based!! You help fry yourself
  6. Seek medical attention if needed

If you find yourself in a pickle and sandwiched to the point of looking like a ripe tomato, come on in and we will be happy to evaluate your burn and provide further treatment! We can rehydrate with intravenous (IV) fluids, apply prescription strength burn creams, prescribe burn care, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. As always, we want you happy, healthy, and back at home! 

 

Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/sun-poisoning#1

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/behavior/education.htm

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