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).


Recent News

Tarri Wyre
  • On Campus
|Sep 26, 2023

SaferCare Texas empowers Community Health Workers to complete HSC Mental Wellness microcredential

Tarri Wyre saw the growing need to expand her mental health education. The community health worker and ambulatory care manager for Memorial Hermann Health in Houston turned to the Mental Wellness microcredential, offered by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s SaferC...
Dr. Teresa Wagner
  • On Campus
|Sep 25, 2023

Two HSC programs to host maternal health conference centered on fourth trimester

In the U.S., more than 20% of maternal deaths during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth are because of drug use, suicide or homicide, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In the absence of access to mental...
Jessica Rangel
  • Our People
|Sep 25, 2023

This is Whole Health: Jessica Rangel

“Many years ago, I did a home visit on an older adult whom I had cared for numerous times in the emergency department. What I knew was that she suffered from a complicated medical situation and was not receiving optimal care with periodic emergency department visits. She always came by ambulance, ...
Ashenafi 768x768
  • Our People
|Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Ashenafi Cherkos awarded prestigious AIM-AHEAD Fellowship in Leadership

Dr. Ashenafi Cherkos, assistant professor at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, has been awarded the prestigious AIM-AHEAD Fellowship in Leadership for the Fall 2023 cohort. Cherkos serves in the School of Public Health’s Department of Population and Community Healt...