Sunburns: When To See A Doctor

May 16, 2018 3:42 pm Published by

Sunburn happens when the skin exposed to ultraviolet light (UV) for an extended period of time. It can be caused from natural sources like the sun or artificial sources like sunlamps. Intense, repeated sun exposure that causes sunburns increases your risk of other skin damage and certain diseases. These include dry or wrinkled skin, dark spots, rough spots, and skin cancers, such as melanoma.

 You can prevent sunburn and related conditions by protecting your skin. This is especially important when you’re outdoors, even on cool or cloudy days. If you are sunburned, home remedies and treatments can help soothe your skin as it heals.
You should see a doctor for your sunburn if you have any of the following:
1. Blistering that covers a large portion of your body
2. High fever, chills, nausea
3. Does not improve within a few days
 Seek medical care if your symptoms show signs of infection:
1. Increasing pain and tenderness
2. Swelling
3. Yellow drainage/pus from an open blister
4. Red streaks leading away from the blister
Overexposure to the sun can cause serious health problems. If you were in the sun and any of these symptoms persist, come in to Stony Creek Urgent Care Center. We can help get you back feeling better.