A sunburn is classified as a first-degree burn, which means it affects the top layer of the skin. It is damage to the skin that can increase a patient’s risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams of SkinSmart Dermatology in Sarasota, FL, educate patients on what causes sunburn, what can be done to alleviate them, and how to protect the skin from sunburns in the future.
What causes sunburn?
Sunburn is due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds or lamps. UV rays damage the DNA in skin cells, which can lead to cancer. It’s vital to take steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, especially during the summer months when the sun is strongest. Wearing sunscreen, staying in the shade, and wearing protective clothing are all great ways to prevent sun damage to the skin and reduce skin cancer risks.
What are some home remedies to help alleviate sunburns?
There are a few home remedies that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of a sunburn. These include:
- Applying a cool compress to the affected area
- Taking a cool bath or shower
- Using aloe vera gel or cream to soothe the skin
- Wearing loose, comfortable clothing to avoid further irritation
- Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
What can I do about severe sunburn?
If your sunburn is severe, you may also need to take over-the-counter pain medication or apply anti-itch cream. Be sure to consult your doctor at SkinSmart Dermatology if you have any questions about how to treat your sunburn or need to have a skin cancer screening performed. These are recommended each year to monitor for the early signs of cancer, allowing for treatment intervention with our team.
How do I learn more about caring for my skin?
Protecting your skin is vital to reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. If you are unsure as to the steps you can take, contact Drs. Elizabeth Callahan and William Adams about skincare recommendations. Call 941-308-7546 to request an appointment at our Sarasota, FL, area practice to educate yourself further on proper skincare tips and tricks!