Summer is here and with it comes long days at camp, exercising outdoors, or relaxing on the beach. When you go outside, it is critical to make sure your skin is protected against harmful UV rays from the sun, which can lead to painful sunburns, as well as premature aging, and a higher risk for skin cancer. If you are planning on spending time in direct sunlight, especially between 11 AM and 3 PM when the sun is at its peak, it is critical to keep your skin protected using clothing and sunscreen.

Symptoms of Sunburn

You will be able to tell if you are sunburnt as your skin will turn a bright pink or red, and feel hot to the touch. Severe sunburns can also lead to stiffness and pain in your limbs, limiting your movement. As your sunburn begins to heal, the skin will start to peel, revealing a fresh layer underneath. Peeling can occur for several days after the burn.

Seeking Treatment for Sunburn

Many sunburns can be treated at home using aloe-infused lotions, over-the-counter pain relievers including ibuprofen and taking cold showers to reduce the heat emitting from the burn. After the sunburn has been sustained, it is critical to make sure you are drinking enough water to reduce the risk of dehydration, a common complication of severe burns. More serious symptoms may require treatment by a physician to prevent further issues, including:

  • Blistering
  • Yellow drainage
  • Full-body chills
  • Fever
  • Swelling

Sunburn Treatment in Norwalk CT

If you have sustained a sunburn that requires medical attention, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk.  No appointment needed. With extended evening and weekend hours, our center will be able to see you on your schedule, rather than waiting to see your primary care physician. For more information about sunburn treatment, please call 203-845-9100.