Sunburn Treatment Questions and Answers
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 located at 8260 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite A San Diego, CA 92126.
What is a sunburn exactly?
You may start to begin noticing your skin turning red, it can become hot to the touch or even feel a bit painful, that is the start of a sunburn. Sunburns happen rapidly and unexpectedly when you are spending copious amount of time under the ultraviolet light (UV), this could be the sun or even artificial sources like a sunbed for tanning.
Having repeated exposure to any ultraviolet light can result in a sunburn and easily increase the risks of other skin damage including but not limited too dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. Sunburns may also the risk of certain skin cancers including melanoma.
You can prevent getting a painful sunburn easily as well as other related skin conditions by protecting your skin when you are under the ultraviolet lights. It can be important to remember, when you are outdoors or using sunbeds, even if the day has a wind to feel cool, or is a bit cloudy, or laying in a sunbed for any amount of time, you may still get a sunburn.
What are the degrees of sunburn?
If you become exposed to sunlight, whether it be artificial or natural, you can easily begin to burn the parts of your body including your earlobes, scalp and lips if you are not protecting your skin You can cover up to prevent this from occurring, but the sun can still penetrate through the articles of clothing especially if the articles of clothing are made out of a looser weave or allows ultraviolet light through it.
Sunburns are medically documented into 2 separate categories of degrees. First degree sunburns or second-degree sunburn, can be diagnosed into one of the two degrees of sunburn and will ultimately depend on the depth, size and area of the skin that has been sunburned.
First degree sunburn is diagnosed when the skin’s outer most layer becomes damaged from the sun with a sunburn. When diagnosed with first degree sunburn it, it can heal itself, however it will still take on average a few days and with rest and aloe vera it can heal faster.
If you are suffering from your first-degree sunburn, you may begin to notice any of the following symptoms appearing and including:
- Warm or tight feeling
- Swelling or blistering
After several days, you may begin to notice some skin peeling beginning to happen in parts of your body were affected by the sunburn. Other symptoms of a sunburn to look out for from a first-degree sunburn can include headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue and nausea.
While second-degree sunburns are diagnosed as the more severe and dangerous sunburn, it can still happen in the same way as a first-degree sunburn. Being exposed to ultraviolet light can penetrate deeper into the skins outer layer then into the layer beneath damaging it, this layer is called dermis.
Treatment from second-degree sunburn to help heal it can take anywhere from a week to longer and may depend on the severity of the sunburn if medical treatment is sought out. Anyone can suffer from second-degree sunburns may notice some of the following:
- Skin that is red
- Swelling and/or blistering over your body
- Wet looking or even shiny skin
- White discoloration on your skin
Second-degree sunburns are usually very painful, and is highly recommended to seek out medical treatment to help with applying cream and burn dressings to help healing the sunburn. If you are showing signs or symptoms of second-degree sunburn, visit AFC Urgent Care Mira Mesa as soon as possible, or your local emergency room for treatment.
How do you know when a sunburn is serious?
All degrees of sunburns are serious. While second-degree sunburns are considered the most severe, and anyone dealing with this should seek out medical treatment for your sunburns.
If a baby or child starts to show signs and symptoms of a sunburn, you should immediately seek out medical treatment for a sunburn, as a sunburn for babies and children can cause extensive external damage as well as internal damage to their fragile bodies, as it is much harder for them to regulate heat and their skin is very fragile at these young ages.
Should I go to urgent care for a sunburn?
If you are showing signs or symptoms of a sunburn, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Mira Mesa for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Our top-rated healthcare professionals are available to help any patients looking for help with treatment to their sunburns. We are located at 8260 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite A San Diego, CA 92126. We serve patients from Mira Mesa CA, Poway CA, Solana Beach CA, Santee CA, Encinitas CA, Lakeside CA, and El Cajon CA.