Sunburn Treatment Specialist Q&A
If you have been affected by a sunburn, walk into Minit Medical Urgent Care today to get checked out, so we can help you on the way to healing. For more information, please call us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Kahului HI, Kihei HI and Lahaina HI.
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The sun often conjures warm feelings and pleasant memories and is greatly appreciated in the summer. In fact, people often describe desirable weather as sunny with clear skies, and ‘bad’ weather, as rainy and overcast. This goes to show how much we appreciate the sun and its warming rays, but it can also cause concern when received in large amounts. Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, which is experienced by nearly every person at some point throughout their life. Sunburn causes the skin to feel hot, sensitive, and even painful. It is easier to get a sunburn at higher elevations, as the sun’s radiation has less atmosphere to travel through.
Sunburns are a skin burn caused by sun exposure and occurs when the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the skin, damaging the skin cells and physically altering their DNA. Both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays come from natural sunlight, but the shorter of the two wavelengths (UVB) can also be produced artificially, such as through indoor tanning beds. Prolonged or repeated exposure to UV radiation causes sunburn but also increases the risk of other skin problems commonly contributed to aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and discolorations.
Common signs and symptoms of a sunburn include:
– Pinkness or redness of the skin
– Skin feeling hot to the touch
– Pain or tenderness
– Itching or irritation
– Small, fluid-filled blisters
– Headache or fever
– Nausea and/or fatigue
Sunburns can develop on any exposed part of the body—even the earlobes, lips, and scalp. Covered areas of skin can burn as well, particularly if a person is wearing clothing with a loose weave that can be penetrated by UV light. In many cases, after the burn has started, physical symptoms such as heat and redness develop over the course of several hours, with peak redness occurring between 12 and 24 hours after exposure.
The degrees of sunburns are similar to those of heat burns, although third-degree sunburns are considerably rare.
First-degree burns are by far the most common, with painful symptoms accompanied by redness that worsens for up to 36 hours and then decreases within the next several days. First-degree sunburns are an itchy, irritating condition that causes discomfort and fever-like symptoms for three to five days. They do not typically cause blisters or scarring. Due to sensitive skin and high risk for associated problems, sunburns are serious in babies, small children, and adults over 60.
Second-degree (superficial partial-thickness burns) are less common and injure the first and second skin layers. The burned area turns white (blanches) when pressed, then red again after relieving the pressure.
Second-degree (deep partial-thickness burns) are severe and injure deeper layers of the skin. They are typically white with red areas. Although they are generally not painful, they can often cause a sensation of pressure. With this type of burn, the skin:
– Appears spotted
– Remains white after pressing
– It May appear waxy in some areas
– Is dry or only slightly moist
Sunburn are serious when it fits the description of a second-degree deep partial-thickness burn as described in the question above. If you are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to minimize the risk of complications.
Urgent care clinics are a great place to receive treatment for sunburns. They can provide effective and expeditious care to have you feeling better, sooner.
If you have a sunburn, come to Minit Medical Urgent Care today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating sunburns and can help you recover faster. Call us today or book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently. We serve patients from Lahaina HI, Kahului HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.