Sunburn

Sun worshippers take heed! Tan is  out - pale is in!

  • Over-exposure to the sun can be quite dangerous with hazards ranging from the discomfort of sunburn to the dangers of sunstroke, skin cancer and cataracts. There are several sensible ways to avoid all of these - beginning with good old common sense!
  • If you are taking a tetracycline antibiotic it will make your skin more sun-sensitive. You will need to be extra cautious and use a sunblock containing benzophenones or anthranilates (for UVA protection).
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or prolonged exercise in the sun.
  • If you are determined to get a tan, do so gradually. 30 minutes your first day is ample. Increase the time to a sensible length (never all day and never between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
  • Maintain adequate fluid and salt intake.
    Wear adequate sunscreen for your skin type. Sunscreens generally are graded from #1 to #25 (and higher). If you are fair-skinned and burn easily, use at least #15.
  • Bring a hat with a large brim for sun protection.
  • Wear sunglasses with ultraviolet protective lenses.
  • If you find yourself a little more well done than you had intended, take aspirin tablets for pain relief and apply cold compresses. Moisturizing creams and lotions will help prevent drying and cracking. Obviously, you should remain out of the sun for a few days.

From Your Pharmacy:

Sunscreen and aspirin