Summertime is one of the best seasons of the year! It is very common for us to just want to run outside and spend time in the sun and enjoy its rays. However, did you know almost over 70% of adults and children report that they have gotten a sunburn at least once last summer? Sunburn may not seem like a big deal to some people because of how common it is, but the truth is sunburn can have some very serious consequences if we are not careful.

What is sunburn?

The sun gives off 3 types of ultraviolet light

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

UVA & UVB light is what damages our skin when we sit in the suns radiation for too long. Sunburn happens at a molecular level & isn’t always visible. Your skin color, skin thickness & position on the earth are all variables in the amount of sunburn you will get.

What are the signs of sunburn?

Sunburn comes in many shapes & forms on the body some types are

  • Skin turning red
  • Swelling & Blisters around the burned area
  • Nasua, Headache
  • Peeling

Sunburn can lead to serious complications as well. Sunburn can lead to melanoma cancer. Melanoma is the most common type of cancer.

Sunburn relief

If you believe you have a sunburn, running moisturizer that is infused with aloe with help with the redness & sensitivity.  Staying in cool areas so the skin can cool down will help as well & drinking lots of water. If you feel none of these techniques are working you should come on down to AFC Urgent Care! We treat moderate to serious cases of sunburn! give us a call today!