Suntan and Sunburn 2

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Basking in the sun can either give you a radiant glow or turn you a painful shade of pink. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the dangers of excessive suntanning and sunburn in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you tan frequently or have a history of severe sunburns, you are at an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Exposure to UV rays increases the risk of premature skin aging and may also increase the risk of eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration and corneal damage.

Indoor tanning is not a safe alternative to sunbathing. Tanning beds, booths and lamps produce a similar amount of UV radiation as the sun.

Pain from a sunburn is usually worst between six and 48 hours after sun exposure. A cool bath, cool compresses and over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help. Drink water to stay hydrated. If your skin is not blistered, apply moisturizing cream or aloe vera gel to help with discomfort.

Extreme sunburn can lead to shock, dehydration and other serious reactions. If you experience rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, dizziness, fainting, nausea, chills, fever or headache with a sunburn, call your doctor right away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.