With the temperatures rising and the nicer days ahead, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors relaxing, playing with your children and simply soaking up some much-needed natural light. However, too much of a good thing can have less-than-pleasant reactions: sunburns are a common summer injury caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) present in sunlight. Without covering yourself in sunscreen at the appropriate SPF, your risk at sunburn increases the longer you stay outdoors, especially when the sun is at its highest in the sky.

Symptoms of Sunburn

The most common type of sunburns are first or second-degree burns. Mild sunburns may only affect the top layer of skin, causing it to become visibly pink and the area that was exposed to the sun to feel warmer to the touch than the rest of your body. More severe sunburns can form blisters across the area, which fill with fluid and break as it heals. Sunburns can also lead to swelling and stiffness, causing you pain when you walk or pressure is applied to your skin. After a few days, your skin will begin to peel as it heals.

Treating Sunburn

Most sunburns can be treated at home with cold showers, aloe vera, drinking water and taking ibuprofen, but more severe burns may require medical attention from a doctor. If you are experiencing the following, you should visit AFC Urgent Care for immediate treatment:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Most of your body is blistering
  • Yellow drainage from blisters
  • Increasing pain and swelling
  • Not healing after a few days
  • Dehydration

Sunburn Treatment in Aberdeen & Matawan, NJ

If you have recently suffered from a sunburn, visit AFC Urgent Care Aberdeen for treatment! Our center offers convenient night and weekend hours, which can accommodate quick visits after a beach day. We accept most major health insurances. For more information about our services, please call 732-583-5100.