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    Esther Rantzen

    Is getting very sunburnt the worst that can happen in the sun?


    If you’’re heading off on holiday this summer, you’’re probably counting down the days until you’’re basking in the sun and enjoying some well-earned time off. Holidays should be all about rest, relaxation and having fun, not worrying about getting very sunburnt, as well as other travel accidents and injuries.

    However, it is advisable to take some steps to protect yourself from unwanted injuries and ensure you return home with nothing but amazing memories.

    How to avoid getting very sunburnt

    Sunburn is a very common problem among holidaymakers travelling to hot countries. Burn is usually mild, but it can be very severe. Getting very sunburnt can cause the skin to blister and it may also result in dehydration. If you have been very sunburnt, seek immediate medical assistance.

    Sun burn occurs when the sun’’s UV rays burn the surface layers of the skin; the most common sign is redness. When you are very sunburnt, it can also be very painful and it may cause the skin to become itchy and irritated.

    In the worst cases, sunburn can cause permanent damage to the skin. Getting very sunburnt also increases your risk of skin cancer.

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    While sunburn may not be the worst thing that could happen to you on holiday, it can certainly put paid to an enjoyable break away.

    Avoiding accidents abroad

    If you’’re travelling to a hot country this summer, bear these tips in mind to prevent accidents overseas:

    • Always make sure you have sunscreen on before you go outside
    • Cover the whole of your body and use plenty of cream
    • Use a high factor if you have fair skin and you burn easily
    • Avoid the midday sun
    • Move to the shade if you get too hot, or you notice that your skin starts to look a bit pink
    • Wear a sun hat
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Use after sun to nourish your skin after sun exposure
    • See a doctor if you have symptoms of severe sunburn

    Sometimes, it’’s impossible to avoid holiday accidents, but often, using your common sense can help to ensure that you fly back without any travel injuries.

    Travel accident compensation

    If you’’ve been injured abroad and you believe that your tour operator was at fault for the accident, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline to go through your travel claim with a friendly advisor. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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