2012-06-01 / Medical Feature

What to do for ...

Sunburn

 Don’t put ice or butter on it.
 Use a cold compress.
 OTC pain relievers may help.
 Mild cases could be helped with topical
corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone.
 Severe cases may need oral steroids such
as prednisone.
To prevent sunburn:  Limit sun exposure.
 Wear protective clothing.
 Use sunscreen.
 Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before
going outdoors and reapplied at least every two
hours.
 Use water-resistant sunscreen with a sun
protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
 Some medications can increase sensitivity to
the sun, such as tetracycline antibiotics, sulfonamides such as Bactrim, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, and some
fluoroquinolones.
 Wear wide-brimmed hats.
 Use a beach umbrella or sit under a tree.
 Use sunglasses that may reduce the long-term risk of developing cataracts.

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