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Sunburns: What’s Going Around by Centra Care

WHAT’S GOING AROUND:
Sunburns

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Besides the pain that goes along with sunburn, one of the greatest risks of sunburn is skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a person’s risk for melanoma –the most serious form of skin cancer– doubles if they’ve had five or more sunburns. Since avoiding the sun completely isn’t a feasible option in Florida, DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN – it’s an everyday, year-round necessity when you live or vacation here.To reduce this risk, you should regularly use sun protection measures including:​

  • Use sunscreens with broad-spectrum SPF values of 30 or higher regularly.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear clothing and sunglasses to cover skin exposed to the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.​

​See a doctor if there is blistering or if high fever, nausea or chills accompany the burn.

There are some things you can do at home if you or your child gets a sunburn that doesn’t need medical attention. To ease the pain: apply wet, cool cloths on the burn for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day; apply aloe or lotion to soothe the skin; and take an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed.

Living in the sunshine state requires diligence to using sunscreen. But most of us still forget to reapply once in a while. Centra Care doctors are reporting an increase in adults and children experiencing second degree burns with blistering on large areas of the shoulder, back and face, all due to sun exposure.


At Centra Care, every location treats adult and pediatric patients without an appointment or you can make a No Wait Reservation at centracare.org. You can also download the Centra Care smartphone app to book your reservation while on the go.

If you or someone in your family needs a vaccination or suffers from an illness, allergy or injury that needs medical attention, Centra Care has 28 locations, serving you 7 days-a-week.

To learn more about What’s Going Around in our community, listen for Centra Care community health alerts every Tuesday morning between 8:00am and 8:30am on ZRadio/88.3 FM. For additional health information, visit CentraCare.org.