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What’s Going Around is HOT, HOT, HOT!

It’s spring break season and we live in Florida – so it’s no surprise that What’s Going Around is Sunburns. Over the past several weeks, physicians at Centra Care locations all over town – not just the tourist areas – have seen an increase in the number of patients with sunburn – adults and children experiencing second degree burns with blistering on large areas of the shoulder, back and face, all due to sun exposure.

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Besides the pain that goes along with sunburn, one of the greatest risks is skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a person’s risk for melanoma –the most serious form of skin cancer — doubles if they’ve had five or more sunburns. Since avoiding the sun completely isn’t a feasible option here in the Sunshine State, DO NOT FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN – it’s an everyday, year-round necessity when you live or vacation in Florida.

To reduce this risk, you should regularly use sun protection measures including:

  • Use sunscreens with broad-spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear clothing and sunglasses to cover skin exposed to the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.

See a doctor if there is blistering or if high fever, nausea or chills accompany the burn.

There are some things you can do at home if you or your child gets a sunburn that doesn’t need medical attention. To ease the pain: apply wet, cool cloths on the burn for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day, apply lotion to soothe the skin or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.