Tips to reduce the risk of sunburn

Deep in the heart of a Texas summer, it doesn’t take long for sunburns to occur. Here are some tips to help protect you and your family from too much sun.

A minor sunburn is a first-degree burn that turns the skin red or pink.  Prolonged sun exposure can cause blistering and a second-degree burn.  Sunburn never causes a third-degree burn or scarring because it is limited to the superficial layer of skin.

“The best key to avoiding sunburn is prevention,” said Toyya Goodrich, DO, a pediatrician with UNT Health Science Center.” Apply sunscreen if your child will be out in the sun for more than 30 minutes. Avoid the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most dangerous.”

Call your physician if:

  • The sunburn is extremely painful.
  • Your child is unable to look at lights because of eye pain.
  • Your child has an unexplained fever more than 102 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Blisters form that break open and weep clear or yellow fluid.
  • The sunburn looks infected and is getting a honey crust on it.
  • You feel your child is getting worse.

To make an appointment with Dr. Goodrich or any of UNT Health Science Center’s pediatricians, contact 817-735-DOCS (3627).

 

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