About Sunburn

SunburnSunburn is a preventable condition that arises when the skin has been over-exposed to UV radiation.

The symptoms of sunburn include the reddening of the skin, which can be followed by blistering if the skin is particularly badly damaged.

One of the problems with sunburn is that it can occur quickly in strong sunshine, or even on overcast days as UV rays can still seep through the clouds.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to stay in shaded areas and apply sunscreen before going outdoors, as this will provide a protective shield for the skin, as will wearing protective clothing.

Failing to do so can, in a worst case scenario, lead to skin cancer.

Treatment for sunburn includes applying cooling lotions or aftersun, as well as avoiding further exposure until the skin has healed.

It is also important to drink lots of water, as large amounts of fluid can be lost through the skin when it is sunburnt.

Discuss these options and more with your local Terry White Chemmart pharmacist.

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