Sunburn Remedies and Potential Risks

With the heat wave that’s been going on this past week, it’s more likely you’ll obtain a sunburn. Symptoms are of course sore and flaky skin for a couple of days after the injury occurred. But after that, what can you do to treat the damage to your skin?

The cause of sunburns is ultraviolet rays. While it doesn’t typically last too long, it can be painful, leaving your skin tender for days causing significant discomfort.

If you’re out a lot in the sun and do end up being sunburnt, it’s important to get out of direct sunlight. Either head indoors or find a spot in the shade to escape the hot rays.

Once you’re out of the sun, the NHS recommends a variety of ways to relieve the symptoms at home. Until your skin has healed, lathering the afflicted location with aloe vera cream is one way to help soothe the burnt areas. These products are recommended to moisturize and sooth the skin.

Other methods to relieve burnt skin is cooling your skin by soaking it with cold water. You can achieve this through a cold bath or shower, or even sponging it with cold water. Drinking a lot of fluids, mainly water, is also important to help cool your body down and prevent dehydration.

Taking painkillers could also help with the discomfort the burn brings.

The next step is to make sure you avoid sunlight to the damaged skin while it’s healing. Even if obtained through a window, the extra sun could cause more damage to the weakened skin. Make sure you cover the burn until healed.

Sun Damage Can Be More Than An Inconvenience, A Sunburn Could Even Lead To Cancer

The months between and including March and October have the highest risk of sunburn happening. This risk is especially dangerous from 11 am to 3 pm when the sun is at its peak.

Sunburns can also increase the risk of skin problems down the road, such as aging or skin cancer.

The signs of skin cancer often occur on the skin’s surface once exposed to the sun.

The most often seen symptom of melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is the appearance of a new mole or even a change in one that already exists.

Skin cancers that aren’t melanoma appear as a lump on the skin. Either that or if a part of the skin breaks and bleeds or crusts over.

Both symptoms could happen anywhere on the body. However, the most common areas this happens is on the back for men and the legs for women.