Monday, July 15, 2013

Are you suffering from TOO much FUN in the Sun?


Beautiful Day!  
Perfect to take the kiddos and meet some family members at the local pool.  

This is our local water park.  It's not a huge place, but we live in a small town.  It's still lots of fun!  My brother from Oklahoma  is here with his family this week, and we thought it would be fun to start the week of activities off at the local water park.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  Windy.  The wind helped with the 94+ temperatures that we had that day.  We put on our suits, piled in the car and headed out.  We did sunscreen before we got in the pool and about half way through.  But that just wasn't enough.  We all got fried!  Some worse than others.  Most of us do not tan,  we BURN.  Very fair skinned people!  Well after two days of whinny kids I thought and lots of aloe vera and some Ibprophen I thought I would figure out what we could of done to help prevent or reduce our burned skin.  After all we will go again and again.   

Day TWO of the Burn OUCH!

How to prevent a SUNBURN:

When outside wear light weight clothing, and a wide brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible.  Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UV light.

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30: REAPPLY at least every 2 hours.  Especially when swimming or sweating.  (OOPS!  We went wrong here.)

 *SEEK SHADE:  Limit direct exposure to sunlight.  ESPECIALLY during the hours of 10 a.m. to
    4 p.m. .  (UV rays are the strongest at this time) (OOPS! We were there 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Treatment for a SUNBURN

Take an over -the- counter pain reliever:  
Ibuprofen and aspirin are good choices to help reduce the inflammation around your sunburn as well as lessen the pain.  Do not give aspirin to children use something that is marketed for a child like tylenol.

Use some form of ANTI-INFLAMMATORY paste:  
Aloe vera, cortisone cream, or other soothing agent specified for irritated and sunburned skin.

Take a cooling shower or Bath: 
 Set the water on a cool temperature thats just below luke warm.  If you have blisters take a bath instead of a shower.  The shower pounding out will hurt.  Or you could use cool damp washcloth.  Air dry or pat.  DO NOT RUB!  

Drink Plenty of Water:  
Sunburns can be dehydrating, so drink lots of water.

Protect sunburned skin:  
Keep covered up.  Sunscreen the burn to prevent further damage.

Do not pop them.  If you have a question about your blisters, see you doctor.

If you experience : 
Increased pain, swelling redness, or warmth around the blister, red streaks extending away from the blister, Drainage of pus from the blister , Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit or groin.  Fever.  Seek medical attention immediately.

Also if you are experiencing: 
Feeling faint, dizzy.  Rapid pulse or rapid breathing.  Extreme thirst, no urine output or sunken eyes. Pale, clammy or cool skin, Nausea, fever chills, or rash.  Your eyes hurt and are sensitive to light. Sever, painful blisters.  SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION!


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