Sunburn Treatment Questions and Answers
Sunburns can be extremely dangerous, if you are showing signs or symptoms of sunburn, walk-in to AFC Urgent Care today to get diagnosed and treatment for your sunburn. We are located at 3613 SC-153 Powdersville, SC 29611.
What is a sunburn exactly?
Sunburns can happen easily, and without warning. Sunburns are seen as being red on the skin, painful to the individuals who are dealing with a sunburn and can feel hot to the touch. It appears when you have been under the sun and are exposed to the ultraviolet light from sunshine or artificial sources like sunlamps from sun tanning beds. It appears over a few hours of being over exposed to the ultraviolet light.
The intense repeated exposure to UV light usually results in a sunburn can will increase the risk of other skin damage including dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. It also raises the changes of risk for skin cancer like melanoma.
You can prevent sunburns however and other related conditions that are connected to sunburns by protecting your skin from ultraviolet light. This is especially important to do when you are outdoors, regardless if the day feels cool, has a wind or even cloudy.
What are the degrees of sunburn?
Any skin that is exposed can become sunburnt from the ultraviolet light from the sun or artificial sources and can burn parts of your body like your earlobes, scalp, and even lips. Even if you try to cover up, sometimes you can still get a burn if your clothing is made with a loose weave or allows ultraviolet light through it.
Sunburns are classified as a first degree or second degree, and it will depend on the depth and size of skin that was sunburned.
First degree sunburns are when the skin’s outer layer becomes damages from a sunburn, however it can heal by itself usually within a few days, and helps if you take care of it with aloe vera.
Anyone suffering from first degree sunburns may notice the following skin symptoms appearing, usually within 4 hours after exposure to too much sunlight:
- Warm or tight feeling
- Swelling or blistering
After about 3-8 days, you may start to notice some peeling happening on your skin. Other symptoms you may notice from first degree sunburns are headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue and nausea.
Second degree sunburn happens when the ultraviolet sunlight has the opportunity to penetrate the skin’s outer layer and begin damaging the layer beneath which is called the dermis.
It can take anywhere from a week to a few weeks to completely heal and will also require medical treatment. Anyone suffering from second degree sunburns may notice the following symptoms:
- Skin that is showing as deep red
- Swelling and/or blistering over a larger area of the body
- Wet looking or even shiny skin
- White discoloration within the burned area of your bodies top layer
Second degree sunburns usually take several weeks to heal, and usually requires urgent medical treatment to help with the burns by applying cream and burn dressings. If you are showing symptoms, immediately visit AFC Urgent Care Powdersville or your local Emergency Room for treatment.
How do you know when a sunburn is serious?
If you are showing signs of second-degree sunburn, which is considered the most serious case of sunburn you can receive, you should visit AFC Urgent Care Powdersville to have your skin checked out and treated. The symptoms you need to start looking for when it comes to second degree sunburn and will require immediate medical attention can include:
- Raised temperature
- Feeling hot and may shiver
- Muscle cramps
- Slurred speech
- Breathing fast or rapid pulse
Children or babies with severe sunburn should visit a healthcare professional immediately for further medical diagnosis and treatment, as a sunburn to them can cause extensive external as well as internal damage to their body.
Should I go to urgent care for a sunburn?
If you are showing signs and symptoms of first- or second-degree sunburn, you definitely should get a diagnosis and treatment from an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care in Powdersville. Our medical staff will be able to get you in quickly, and offer treatment for your sunburn. We are located at 3613 Highway 153 Powdersville, SC 29611. We serve patients from Powdersville SC, Greenville SC, Mauldin SC, Easley SC, Piedmont SC, Berea SC, and Gantt SC.