Summer is a great and perfect time to relax and enjoy. This moment of exciting heat pushes us to find the most perfect get away – the beaches. Indeed, summertime will never be complete without sun bathing, beach stretching activities, swimming to the maximum level and even just drowning our eyes with the soothing aroma of the gorgeous scenes of nature.
We also collect different stuffs from the beach – white sand, shells, rocks, starfish and take note: SUNBURN too. Well some of us may not take having sunburn seriously because we believe it is only part of having wonderful summer escapades.
Seriously, since the heat nowadays is extremely burning, having sunburn as the cheapest way of tanning may be even worse than we’ve never expected.
Take Care of Yourself : guide to medical self care taught me a lot of significant teachings regarding sunburn.
Sunburn is common, painful, and avoidable. It is better prevented than treated. Effective sunscreens are available in a wide variety of strengths, as indicated by their sun protection factor or SPF. An SPF of 4 offers little protection, whereas 15 or above offers substantial protection.
Regardless of what you have heard, there are no sun rays that tan but don’t burn. Tanning salons can fry you just as surely as the sun can.
The pain of sunburn is worse between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure. Peeling of injured layers of skin occurs later – between 3 and 10 days after the burn.
Very rarely, people with sunburn have difficulty with vision. If so, they should see a doctor. Otherwise a visit to the doctor is unnecessary unless the pain is extraordinarily severe or extensive blistering (not peeling) has occurred. Blistering indicates a second-degree burn and rarely follows sun exposure.
How to treat your sunburn?
Having a cool compress or cool oatmeal baths may be helpful. Baking Soda (1/2 cup to a tub) on the other hand is nearly as effective. Lubricants such as Vaseline lotion feel good to some people, but they retain heat and shouldn’t be used the first day.
Avoid products that contain benzocaine (Benzocaine as Wikipedia defines it as a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever, or in cough drops. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter anesthetic ointments ). These may give temporary relief but can irritate the skin and may actually delay healing. Pain-relieving medication may ease pain and thus help the person sleep.
Summer is really the perfect time to intimacy with nature and beaches. Just make sure to avoid the freaking sunburn. Remember, it is better prevented than treated.