Sunburn Treatment Questions and Answers
Getting UV exposure can be great for your overall health, but making sure you follow proper safety precautions when it comes to the sun is necessary to make sure you are not affected by sunburns or other heat exposure conditions. If you have been affected by a sunburn, walk-in to AFC Urgent Care Boiling Springs today to get checked out, so we can help you on the way to healing. We are conveniently located at 2746 Boiling Springs Rd Boiling Springs, SC 29316.
What is a sunburn exactly?
A sunburn is seen as very red, painful skin that feels too hot to the touch. It usually appears within a few hours after being over exposed to the ultraviolet light from sunshine or artificial sources like sunlamps.
Intense repeated UV light exposure that results in a sunburn can increase the risk of other skin damage including dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. It also raises the changes of risk of skin cancers such as melanoma.
You can prevent sunburn and other related conditions connected to sunburns by protecting your skin. This is especially important when you are outdoors, regardless if it feels cool or if the day is cloudy.
What are the degrees of sunburn?
Sunburns signs and symptoms may include:
- Changes in the color of the skin tone, such as pinkness or redness
- Skin starts to feel warm or even hot to the touch
- Pain and tenderness
- Fluid-filled blisters which can break
- Eyes that feel painful or gritty
Any exposed areas of your body can become sunburnt including your earlobes, scalp and lips. Even covered areas can burn if your clothing is a loose weave or allows any ultraviolet light through it.
Sunburn is usually classified as first degree or second degree, and it depends on the depth and size of the skin that has been affected.
First degree sunburn is when the skin’s outer layer becomes damages, but it can heal by itself, usually within a few days.
Anyone with first degree sunburn may notice the following skin symptoms, usually within 4 hours after exposure to sunlight:
- Warm or tight feeling
- Swelling or blistering
After about 3-8 days you may also experience skin peeling. Other symptoms that can occur from first degree sunburn are headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue and nausea.
Second degree sunburn is when the ultraviolet sunlight has the opportunity to penetrate the skin’s outer layer and start to damage the layer beneath which is called the dermis.
It can take weeks to completely heal and also requires medical treatment. A person with a second-degree sunburn may also notice these following symptoms:
- Skin that is a deep red tone
- Swelling and/or blistering over a large area
- Wet looking or shiny skin
- White discoloration within the burned area of the skin
Second degree sunburn can take up to several weeks to heal, and requires urgent medical attention to help with the burns by applying cream and burn dressings. If you have these symptoms, plus symptoms of heatstroke, you must immediately visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Boiling Springs or your local Emergency Room for treatment.
How do you know when a sunburn is serious?
If you have second degree sunburn which is considered the most serious case of sunburn, you should visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Boiling Springs to have the skin looked at as well as your symptoms checked out. The symptoms you need to be looking out for if you have second degree sunburn and need immediate urgent medical care attention include:
- Raised body temperature
- Feeling hot and shivery
- Muscle cramping
- Slurred speech
- Fast breathing or a rapid pulse
Children or babies with severe sunburn should also visit a healthcare professional for further medical advice and treatment for their sunburn. This could cause extensive external as well as internal damage.
Should I go to urgent care for a sunburn?
If you are showing signs or symptoms of first- or second-degree sunburn, you should visit AFC Urgent Care Boiling Springs to received medical attention to make sure you are safe to go home and rest while healing. Our medical professionals will be able to help you onto the right path for your health and offer any medical advice to help in your healing. We are conveniently located at 2746 Boiling Springs Rd Boiling Springs, SC 29316. We serve patients from Boiling Springs SC, Spartanburg SC, Mauldin SC, Simpsonville SC, Greenville SC, Gaffney SC, and Wade Hampton SC.