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Sunburn

The following are common injuries and problems encountered in Florida. Most of these are more common during the hot summer months, but can be encountered at any time during the year. We provide these helpful prevention and treatments tips and as a service to visitors to and residents of Florida.


Prevention:
Limit Children’s amount of sun exposure and encourage playing in the sun only before 11:00 a.m. and after 2:00 p.m.

Use sunscreen at all times and reapply frequently. SPF ratings of 15 are sufficient and higher values are not necessary. Avoid sun products containing alcohol or perfumes on sensitive skin.

Encourage wearing hats, shirts, sunglasses and water shoes as much as possible.

Treatment:
Cool compresses on local areas or tepid baths. Administer cool fluids to drink frequently. Aspirin (not Tylenol or Motrin) may help reduce inflammation and pain. May apply aloe-containing products topically. Do not apply products containing PABA or perfumes to burned skin. (That HURTS!)