Sunburn Treatment Specialist in Mesquite, TX
Sunburn is a common condition that occurs when the skin is overexposed to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation of the sun. It typically leads to redness, pain, swelling, and sometimes blistering of the affected area. While prevention is the best approach by using sunscreen and protective clothing. For more information contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5115 N Galloway Ave #203 Mesquite TX 75150.
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While mild sunburns seem completely harmless and usually fade fairly quickly, the damage that is done to the skin is irreversible and can end up being much more harmful than it looks. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your skin is properly protected from harmful UV rays whenever you are out in the sun through the use of sunscreen with a high SPF that is reapplied as recommended, or by wearing specified garments that are created to provide protection against UV rays. Limiting the amount of time you spend out in direct sunlight is the easiest way to avoid suffering from sunburn.
When treating a mild sunburn at home, the focus will be to reduce any aching or tenderness to the skin as well as reduce swelling. To reduce discomfort associated with the skin feeling hot or sensitive, frequent cool baths or showers are proven to provide temporary relief. The application of a moisturizer containing aloe vera or soy to the sunburned skin will provide further relief for hot, sensitive skin. If the sunburned area starts to swell or is causing further discomfort, consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen for relief. Lastly, drinking plenty of water will help to support the recovery process, as well as reduce inflammation or swelling caused by the sunburn, and will replenish any fluids as sunburns also often cause dehydration.
The very occasional mild sunburn that can be treated at home is not considered to be a serious medical situation, but more severe sunburns can lead to blistering and much more intense symptoms that may require medical attention. Some other symptoms that are common when suffering from a severe sunburn include dehydration, fatigue, the development of fever and chills, nausea, confusion, and sometimes infection. If you are prone to repeated sunburns and do not properly protect your skin, there are long-term effects that will often develop even years down the road. Those who repeatedly get sunburns are more prone to developing premature wrinkling but are also at an increased risk of developing melanoma, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, even years after suffering from regular sunburns. Frequent sunburns, even if they are minor, during childhood or adolescence can quickly increase the risk of developing melanoma at some point in adulthood, so while the odd very minor sunburn is easy to treat and goes away quickly, regularly having sunburns can end up being very serious.
The more severe the sunburn, the longer it will take to be completely healed. Mild sunburns that only result in redness and some tenderness can take 3 to 5 days before the redness has completely disappeared and the body is considered to be fully healed. Moderate sunburns are often a bit more sensitive, swollen, red, and hot to the touch, typically taking a few days to heal followed by a couple of more days of peeling. Severe sunburns will be significantly more painful and will often lead to blistering of the skin. They can take multiple weeks to be fully healed and sometimes require medical attention if there is a risk or development of an infection. Patients who suffer from severe sunburns will likely need to at the very least stay home and rest for a day or two to fully recover as they will also be feeling physically unwell.
It is common for a sunburn to eventually fade from the distinct redness into a slightly darker complexion than the skin tone previous, but the degree to which people tan heavily varies from person to person, with many individuals noticing significantly darker complexions after recovering from very mild sunburns, and some individuals seeing almost no difference in complexion tone after the redness has completely dissipated. Any tan that does result from sunburn is just another indication that damage has been done to the skin cells from exposure to UV rays, so going out into the sun to get a sunburn with the intention of developing a tan will just result in more damage being done to the skin and increase the risk of developing premature wrinkles and skin cancers. For more information contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5115 N Galloway Ave #203 Mesquite TX 75150. We serve patients from Mesquite TX, Garland TX, Dallas TX, Rowlett TX, Balch Springs TX, and Plano TX.