We’ve all seen those people who spend all day on the beach, baking under the hot sun until they’re the colour of a lobster. It’s not good for your skin though and we now know that sunbathing could cause skin cancer and premature ageing. It could also cause sunburn.
Overexposure to sun or use of a sunbed could cause sunburn; it can even occur on overcast days, whilst some medications can make skin sensitive to sunlight. Whilst most sunburn is superficial, bright red and blistered skin could go hand in hand with heat stroke.
Signs of sunburn include reddened skin that’s painful, with blisters which may form later. Move the patient out of the sun – for minor sunburn you should cover their skin with a towel or light clothing and help them seek out shade or go indoors. Cool the skin by sponging with cool water or encourage them to take a cold bath or shower. Aloe Vera gel, calamine lotion or after sun can help to soothe skin. It’s important they stay hydrated by frequently sipping cold water. If they feel faint or have severe blisters, they may need to seek medical attention. Encourage the patient to wear a higher SPF sunscreen, cover up or seek out shade to prevent sunburn recurring.
Have you suffered from sunburn?
If you’ve suffered from sunburn either in the UK or on holiday, you’ll know how painful it can be. It’s important that you receive treatment for your sunburn, to ensure that it doesn’t get worse. If you are suffering from minor sunburn, this may just mean somebody helping you to apply Aloe Vera gel or aftersun, but if you have severe blisters, you may need someone to take you to hospital for medical treatment. If this doesn’t happen and you feel that treatment you have received was negligent, you could claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for your injuries
To find out more about claiming personal injury compensation, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. With 15 years’ experience in the industry, our team of personal injury lawyers are here to offer advice in confidence, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. So if you have any questions or want to find out more about the claims process, call our freephone helpline. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, and we’re here 24/7 to take your call.
Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown