What Is Sunburn?
Sunburn is the damaging effect on the skin of the ultraviolet (UV) light contained in sunlight. With too much exposure to UV light, your skin overheats and becomes red and painful and may later peel or blister.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sunburn?
Sunburnt skin is red and sore. Severe sunburn can cause blistering, swelling of the skin and fever. At the same time there may also be symptoms of heatstroke, such as dizziness, headaches and nausea.
The symptoms of sunburn are not usually immediately obvious and the worst pain occurs 6-48 hours after being in the sun.
How Do I Treat Sunburn?
For mild sunburn, apply a moisturising lotion or a special aftersun cream from a pharmacy. Aftersun helps to cool the skin as well as moisturise and relieve the feeling of tightness.
Calamine lotion can also be used to relieve itching and soreness. For adults, painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Remember always check with your pharmacist before using medication to treat your condition.
Browns Pharmacy’s Top Tips – Staying Safe In The Sun
- Thickly apply sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 before going out in the sun;
- Reapply sun lotion regularly – remember that it can rub off on towels, sand or from going in the water;
- Try to avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest, between 11am and 3pm;
- Babies under 12 months should be kept in the shade and covered up with a high factor sun lotion or sunblock;
- When buying sunglasses, look for a style with UV filters;
- Choose a lotion that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, for maximum protection.