Many of us enjoy the warmth of the sun on our skin when we head off on holiday, but it’s wise to be aware of the risks of extreme sunburn and to take steps to prevent skin damage and reduce the risk of other illnesses and travel accidents when travelling abroad.
How to deal with extreme sunburn
Sunburn occurs when the skin is damaged by the sun’s UV rays. It is most commonly found in people who have fair skin, but can affect everyone, even those who are used to spending prolonged periods of time outside. Even minor cases of sunburn can cause significant damage to the skin and if you suffer extreme sunburn, this is likely to be very painful; sunburn can also increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
If you have extreme sunburn, applying after-sun will not be sufficient to ease pain. If you have blistered skin, your skin is very itchy, you feel unwell and you have a high temperature, it is advisable to seek medical advice. Your doctor may advise applying hydro-cortisone cream to reduce swelling. In the most extreme cases, hospital treatment may be required. It can take several weeks for the skin to recover from severe sunburn.
Sunburn can affect anyone and it’s always beneficial to take steps to protect your skin when you plan to be out in the sunshine. If you’re off on holiday and you’re eager to avoid travel injuries and holiday accidents, here are some tips to help you protect your skin:
- avoid the midday sun when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest
- stay hydrated
- wear sun cream: use a high factor (at least factor 30) if you have fair skin or you burn easily
- move out of the sun if you feel yourself starting to burn
- wear a cap or sun hat to protect your face
- wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays
- take extra care with children
- don’t be fooled by cloud cover
Give us a call
The last thing you want when you jet off full of excitement and anticipation is to end up enduring a holiday nightmare; if you’ve developed an illness abroad or you have been involved in a an accident overseas within the last 3 years, which was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers for information about making a no win, no fee claim for travel accident compensation. You can contact us on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours.