Sunburn can be a lot more serious than most people think. It is a type of radiation burn caused by the sun’s UV rays and extreme sunburn can cause permanent damage if not treated properly. When you are on holiday you need to take extra care to avoid a travel accident, but you also need to know what to do if sunburn is severe.
How to deal with extreme sunburn
If the sunburn is so bad that blisters have appeared on the skin it is a good idea to get it checked out at your local minor injuries unit or hospital. Blistering suggests the burn has penetrated several layers of skin and you may need to get it dressed to avoid a serious travel injury such as an infection.
How about if there are no blisters but it is still severe?
If there are no blisters make sure you apply after sun liberally at regular intervals and avoid further contact with the sun. To avoid making your travel injury any worse wear loose, baggy clothing so that the material does not irritate the skin. Avoid hot showers or baths and continue to moisturise your skin until the skin has healed as the skin will be very dry from the burns.
Remember, sunburn as a travel injury can be just as bad as burns from fire so do not ignore the burn and avoid any exposure to the sun. To prevent sunburn in the future avoid exposing your skin to the sun in the peak time of day and cover up your arms, legs and head as these are often the most sensitive to burn.
If you have sensitive skin ensure you use a high factor sun cream and apply it at regular intervals and straight away after coming out of the sea or pool.
If you have had an accident abroad within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims such as travel accident injury compensation. With years of experience our team of lawyers will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice