Sunburn Treatment Questions and Answers
Sunburns are serious and should be treated as such. If you or someone you know is experiencing any degree of sunburn, walk-in to AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves today for a medical diagnosis and treatment. We are located at 15689 Southern Blvd. #101 Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470.
What is a sunburn exactly?
If you are experiencing redness, pain or feeling like your skin is too hot to touch, you most likely have become sunburned. Sunburns can happen quickly and unexpectedly, especially if the individual is unprotected and spending time out under ultraviolet light (UV) like the sunlight or artificial sources like a sun bed for tanning purposes.
Repeated exposure to ultraviolet light can result in a sunburn and easily increase your risk of other skin damage including dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. Sunburns will also help to raise the risk of certain cancers like melanoma.
However, you can easily prevent getting a sunburn and other related skin damage which are connected to sunburns by protecting your skin when you are out and under the harsh ultraviolet light. It is extremely important to remember, when you are outdoors or even using a sun bed, that if the day feels cool, cloudy or windy, and even if you are doing the normal amount of time in a sun bed that you always do, you can still receive a sunburn.
What are the degrees of sunburn?
If an individual is exposed to ultraviolet light whether it be artificial or natural light, one can easily become sunburned on parts of the body including the earlobes, scalp and even lips! You can try to cover up your skin to prevent a sunburn from occurring, however you can still receive a sunburn if you are wearing articles of clothing with a loose weave, or that allows ultraviolet light through the clothing.
Sunburns are documented into 2 separate categories of degrees, which are first-degree sunburn and second-degree sunburn. Becoming diagnosed with one of these two degrees of sunburns will ultimately depend on the size, depth, and the area of skin that the sunburn occurred on.
First-degree sunburns are diagnosed when the skin’s outer most layer becomes damaged from a sunburn, even though it can heal itself with aloe vera and rest, it will take on average a few days.
If you are suffering from a first-degree sunburn, you may notice the following skin symptoms appearing which may include:
- Warm or tight feeling
- Swelling or blistering
You may also notice peeling beginning to happen after a few days as well. Other symptoms to look out for from a first-degree sunburn can include headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue, and nausea.
Second degree sunburns can take anywhere from a week or longer depending on the severity of the sunburn and if medical treatment was sought out or not. Anyone who may be suffering from second-degree sunburns may also notice:
- Skin that is showing as deep red
- Swelling and/or blistering over a larger area of the body
- Wet looking or even shiny skin
- White discoloration within the burned area of your bodies top layer
Second-degree sunburns can become painful, and is highly recommended to seek out medical treatment from a healthcare professional for treatment. If you are showing symptoms of second-degree sunburn, walk-in to AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves as soon as possible or visit your local emergency room for treatment.
How do you know when a sunburn is serious?
Sunburns are serious, regardless of the degree you have been diagnosed with, as they can cause extreme external and internal damage to the body.
If a baby or child is showing signs or symptoms of a sunburn, its highly recommended you seek out medical treatment at a healthcare clinic for treatment. Sunburns affect babies and children differently than they do adults and seniors as it can cause even more extensive external and internal damage to their bodies.
Should I go to urgent care for a sunburn?
If you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of a sunburn, walk-in to AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves today for a diagnosis and treatment. We are available and offer top-quality medical treatment to all of our patients who visit us. We are located at 15689 Southern Blvd. #101 Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470. We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Wellington FL, Golden Lakes FL, Century Village FL, and Westgate FL.