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Healthwise: Windburn

November 17, 2010

Windburn is a common problem that impacts many people during the winter months. Symptoms include redness, chapped dry skin, hot burning, and/or swelling.

There are several measures people can take in order to lower their chances of getting windburn.

"The true prevention would be really covering up your skin with either a hat, gloves, a ski mask, [and] goggles to protect the skin around the eyes, which is very sensitive," said Vandana Nanda, a Dermatologist.

Applying moisturizers before going outside can also reduce the risk of getting windburn.

"You can protect yourself by applying a moisture barrier like Vaseline, better yet is a sunscreen that is kind of lubricating and oily and thick," said Nanda.

Health officials add that you should wear sunscreen year round to protect yourself from the sun's rays.

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