Today Show: Sunburn Prevention
Dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg joined Willie Geist for an important discussion on sunburn prevention and relief. As the scorching summer months begin to heat up, many people will suffer from painful sunburns. However, the first step in treating a sunburn is to prevent one altogether.
In order to avoid a sunburn, use an SPF 30 or above (there’s no need to go much higher). Apply liberally and frequently, especially after sweating and swimming. You can also wear a hat and avoid high altitudes to avoid damaging your skin.
Today Show: Dangerous Sunburn Signs
While a sunburn is usually not a life-threatening condition, there are still dangerous sunburn signs to watch out for. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following, you should seek medical attention immediately:
Today Show: Summer Sunburn Relief
If you aren’t quite red yet, but think you’ve probably had a bit too much sun, Dr. Wattenberg suggests taking an anti-inflammatory like aspirin or advil right away. These pills will help prevent future swelling and pain. If your skin is irritated, don’t wear cologne or perfume, shave, or use exfoliants that will make it feel worse.
Try creating a cool compress with milk and water; the milk contains lactic acid and enzymes that are extremely soothing to the skin. Follow your compress with Cortizone or Biafine creams, the latter of which is available by prescription.
You can also add oatmeal, green tea, or baking soda to your bath for extra relief. Be sure to drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants, like berries and tomatoes. Also keep your skin hydrated with a moisturizer to prevent peeling.
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