Sunburn is more than a painful nuisance – it’s a serious health risk, especially for the young. The risk of melanoma increases with every significant burn.
While wearing sunscreen year round is important, it’s really not enough. Sunglasses, hats and visors are great summer survival tools for all ages.
It Happens to the Best of Us
Let’s face it: Most people who suffer sunburn did not set out to do so. It’s easy to lose track of how long you’ve been out there. Falling asleep in the sun, and drinking, are two major culprits for serious burns, while simply forgetting to take along or apply sunscreen is another.
Did You Know?
Drinking something red makes sun sense. Juices like tomato, pomegranate and cranberry can actually block damaging ultraviolet rays. The natural pigments in dark fruit juices are absorbed by our skin cells.
Drinking 4 to 8 ounces a day can reduce UV damage by more than 26 percent. While you’re at it – have some carrots. They’ve got the highest levels of vitamin A, which is another natural skin protector.
If you do suffer sunburn, there are some steps you can take to reduce the discomfort:
- Drink lots of water or juice to replace fluids you lost.
- Soak the burned area with cool, wet cloths.
- Take pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Use a moisturizer that contains vitamin E or aloe to help soothe sunburned skin.
The average sunburn can be treated at home. But if a blistering burn covers 20 percent or more of the body (a child’s whole back), seek medical attention.
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