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Avoiding Sunburns

Summer is when we spend much of our time outdoors swimming, hiking, horseback riding or other activities.  But we all know sunburns can be problematic, so keep sunburns from ruining your outdoor fun with these tips!

  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before you go outside, and reapply it every hour and half to two hours.
  • Use a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, and don’t forget to apply it to all exposed skin. You can even find Chapstick to protect your lips.  They come in lots of cool flavors too!
  • Everyone loves shorts and t-shirts in summertime, but remember that the sun can burn any skin you show.  Consider wearing hats to protect your head and face, and longer sleeves to keep the sun off. 
  • Even waterproof and sweat proof sunscreen will come off eventually.  Don’t forget to reapply it!
  • Remember, the sun doesn’t have to be shining for you get sunburned.  So long as it’s daytime, you can still get burned, even if its cloudy out!
  • If you do get a burn, you can remove a lot of the pain by applying aloe vera to your burn.  Ask at any grocery store or pharmacy to find some!
  • When aloe vera isn’t enough to take out the sting, try acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve the pain.  Benadryl is another great medicine to treat sunburns.
  • If you start developing blisters, they may become infected.  Talk to your doctor about medicine that can help treat the infection.

For additional information on sunburn prevention or treatment, talk to our pharmacists.  Additional summertime savings are available in the pharmacy every month!

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With summer in full swing, many of you and your children will want to take advantage of this reprieve from cold weather and enjoy some quality time outdoors; remember though, summertime warmth comes with the risk of sunburn.  Here are some things to keep in mind about protecting yourself and your children from the sun.

Prevention:

  • Wear hats to help protect your face and scalp from sunburn.

  • Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to any and all exposed skin at least 15-30 minutes before going outdoors.  Some commonly overlooked areas to protect from the sun are the back of your neck, your lips, the part-line of your hair and around your eyes. 

  • Water cannot protect you from sunburn!  If you or your family members are going to be playing in the water, make sure to apply waterproof sunscreen, and don’t forget to reapply it at least every two hours, whether you’re in the water or not.

  • Clouds cannot protect you from sunburn either!  So long as it’s daytime outside, you can still get burned, no matter how thick the cloud cover is. 

  • Even if you or your children are not prone to getting burned, it’s still important to protect your skin from the sun.  Several detrimental skin conditions and disorders, including skin cancer, can develop, even if an individual has never been burned, if exposure to the sun is great enough.

  • Ultraviolet rays from the sun can be reflected off of sand, snow and other surfaces.  Be careful that all of your body is protected, not just from the sun itself, but from anything that might reflect its light.

  • Babies under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight whenever possible.  Keep any children in this age range in the shade of an umbrella, baby carriage, trees or wide brimmed hats whenever possible.  Consult a pediatrician before deciding what, if any, sunscreen to use on a child of this age.

Treatment:

  • The extract from aloe vera is a safe, natural and effective remedy for sunburns.  It can be easily found at the pharmacy or convenience store.  Apply a thin film as needed of the burn.

  • When aloe vera is not enough to treat the pain, consider adding acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Benadryl to treat the burn.

  • Sever sunburn can sometimes lead to other medical problems, including dehydration, heatstroke, or infection.  In the event that blisters, fever, chills, headache or a general unwell feeling follows the development of sunburn, consult your primary care physician immediately. 

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