Sunburns – Part 1 of the Summer Hazard Article Collection


Part 1 of the Summer Hazard Article Collection


Did you know that getting sunburned, even just one time, can cause lasting damage to your skin? In an effort to help our residents enjoy the warm weather and sun safely, the Livingston Health Department would like to remind you about sun safety. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen and report sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher should protect against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. In addition, for the best protection from the sun’s potentially harmful rays, sunscreen should be reapplied every 80 minutes.  Plus, many experts advise that between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2p.m., when the sun’s rays are usually at their strongest, people should seek out shade.  Also keep in mind, even though we all love to cool down in the water at the beach or in a pool, remember water can amplify the sun’s rays, so be extra-careful during water based activities.

If you do end up getting sunburned, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends taking a cool bath and some aspirin or ibuprofen (as directed if there are no contraindications with you current medication regime). These can help lessen the amount swelling and redness in the skin. Another option is Aloe Vera topical gel, many find this plant extract to be naturally soothing relief to help sooth sun burned skin, and make sure to drink lots of water because sunburn draws fluid (hydration) from the body.


Information collected above as per ABC news and the Nursing Division of the Livingston Health Department. For further educational information contact Ashley Messer, RN/Health Educator at the Livingston Nursing Department (973)-535-7961 x227.