Sunburn Treatment Questions and Answers
Sunburns can cause extensive external and internal damage to the body, let alone be painful and sore for the individual dealing with it. Get a diagnosis and treatment today from AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park. We will be able to help you quickly and get you back to yourself faster. We are located at 7101 US Hwy 19 N Pinellas Park, FL 33781.
What is a sunburn exactly?
Sunburns are common and happen to many during the warmer months. Sunburns can be seen on the skin as red, and feel painful or hot to the touch to each individual that may deal with sunburns. Sunburns appear when you are out and under the ultraviolet light from sunshine or using artificial sources like sunlamps from tanning beds. Sunburns can appear in as fast as 4 hours of being exposed to the ultraviolet light.
The repeated exposure to the harsh ultraviolet light can result in sunburns and will increase the risk of other skin damages including dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. Sunburns also raise the risk for skin cancer like melanoma.
You can easily prevent sunburns from occurring as well as other related conditions which are connected to sunburns by protecting your body from ultraviolet sunlight. This is important to know and do when you are outdoors or using sunbeds, even if the day feels cool, or is cloudy or windy, you can still get sunburned.
What are the degrees of sunburn?
Any part of the body that is exposed to ultraviolet sunlight or artificial sources like sunbeds and can burn parts of your body including your earlobes, scalp, and even lips. Even if you try to cover up your skin, you can still get a sunburn through your clothing especially if the clothing is made of a loose weave or allows ultraviolet light through the clothing.
Sunburns can be classified as a first degree or second-degree sunburn, and it will depend on the depth and size of the area of skin that was sunburned.
First degree sunburns are diagnosed when the skin’s outer layer become damaged from a sunburn, however it can heal by itself, and usually within a few days, and helps if you apply aloe vera to the sunburned skin.
Anyone who may be suffering from first degree sunburns also may notice the following skin signs and symptoms appearing after over exposure to sunlight:
- Warm or tight feeling skin
- Swelling or blistering on the skin
After a few days, you may start to notice your skin peeling, as well as other symptoms like headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue and nausea.
The second diagnoses of a sunburn is second-degree sunburns which happens when ultraviolet sunlight penetrates the skin’s outer layer damages the layer beneath the top layer of skin which is called the dermis.
It can take a few weeks to completely heal the sunburn and will also require some medical treatment. If you are suffering from second degree sunburns, you may notice the following signs and symptoms:
- Skin that is showing as deep red
- Swelling and/or blistering over your body
- Wet or shiny looking skin
- White discoloration within the burned area of your bodies top layer
Second-degree sunburns will need medical treatment to help with the burns by medically trained professionals to apply cream and burn dressings or other treatments. If you are showing symptoms of second-degree sunburns, immediately visit AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park or your local Emergency Room for treatment.
How do you know when a sunburn is serious?
Sunburns can be serious, especially if you are showing signs of second-degree sunburn. Second-degree sunburns are considered one of the more serious sunburns you can be diagnosed with, and if you are diagnosed with second-degree sunburns you should visit AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park to have your skin diagnosed and treated. The symptoms you should look out for when it comes to second-degree sunburns and will require immediate medical attention can include:
- Raised temperatures
- Feeling hot or shivering
- Muscle cramps
- Slurred speech
- Breathing fast or rapid pulse
If children or babies are showing signs or symptoms of sunburns, you should immediately have them visit a healthcare professional immediately for further medical diagnosis and treatment, as a sunburn to children or babies can cause extensive external as well as internal damage to their body.
Should I go to urgent care for a sunburn?
If you or anyone else is showing signs or symptoms of first- or second-degree sunburns, immediately visit a healthcare clinic to get a proper diagnosis and treatment like at AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park. We are located at 7101 US Hwy 19 N Pinellas Park, FL 33781. We serve patients from Pinellas Park FL, Saint Petersburg FL, Seminole FL, Gulfport FL, Largo FL, Lealman FL, and Dunedin FL.