Guarding against and knowing effective ways of dealing with sunburn can significantly reduce your risk of melanoma. We here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall have put together 5 simple ways of treating sunburn that will help to prevent you from developing a life threatening disease – namely skin cancer.

Having a sun tan is still something that many fashionistas like to have. But in light of recent publicity and awareness campaigns on national TV and in some of the newspapers, it is now beginning to fall out of fashion. Although once held as a sign of good health (and prosperity), a tan is now known for what it really is – a sign that your skin has been damaged.

In reality however, pale skin is not yet fashionable for the masses, which is why knowing the Broadgate Clinic London Wall  5 quick solutions for sun burn could be invaluable, if you get accidently burnt in your pursuit of a tan.

Taking precautions

Everyone should take all precautions necessary to avoid getting sunburnt. It not only looks unsightly, it is painful, it will peel, and it will induce long lasting skin damage that results in wrinkles forming.

Even if you do cover exposed areas of skin with sun-block, accidents still happen and people still get sunburnt, which is when the following 5 tips will be invaluable.

Top tip number 1 – Take prompt action

Sun burn is something that tends to creep up on you, so being vigilant for those first early warning signs (the reddening of skin, and that tell-tale tingling sensation) is important. But the fact of the matter is that sun burn can take somewhere between 4 to 6 hours to fully develop. What starts out as a slightly pink area of skin can become rabidly red and inflamed in a few short hours. So, the first all-important tip that Broadgate Clinic London Wall offer, is to recognise that you or your partner may be developing a case of sun burn, and that you need to take prompt action.      

Top tip number 2 – Use an effective moisturiser

Always have a good moisturiser on hand if you’re going sunbathing – just in case. The best creams or lotions are those containing vitamins C and E as these may be able to prevent worsening skin damage. If sun burn does materialise, you can use a hydrocortisone cream for a couple of days. This is something that you can buy over the counter at the in-house pharmacy here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.

Top tip number 3 – Rehydrate your body

Any type of burn, whether from fire, a hot surface, or the sun, draws moisture from your skin, causing dehydration. The signs of dehydration include:

  • A dry mouth
  • Feelings of thirst
  • Urinating less
  • Spells of dizziness
  • Headaches

People are particularly prone to dehydration so need careful watching and questioning. To avoid dehydration, or to rehydrate a dehydration victim, Broadgate Walkin Clinic London Wall recommend that you and/or they, should drink plenty of fluids; fluids including water, fruit juice and bespoke sports drinks.  

Top tip number 4 Medicate immediately

Anyone who is a victim of sunburn should immediately be given a dose of ibuprofen. Just follow the dosage instructions on the pack and keep the medication up for 48 hours. Ibuprofen contains an anti inflammatory that will reduce redness and swelling, and could help to stop any potential long-term damage to the skin.

The advice from Broadgate Walkin Clinic London Wall is that the important thing is not to wait for sun burn symptoms to worsen. Commence taking or administering the ibuprofen straight away, before any swelling or discomfort becomes evident.

Top tip number 5 – Assessing sun burn damage

Most cases of sunburn can be dealt with at home. However, if the sun burn is over 20% or more of the body, it is advisable to seek medical help. If you live and/or work here in London, you can get that help without having to make an appointment, from Broadgate Walkin Clinic London Wall.

With some more severe cases of sun burn the victim may suffer from chills or a fever. If this is the case, medical help should be sought, and again, you can avail yourself of the walk-in private services we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.