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What's Going Around - Sunburn

August 15, 2011

In this week's what's going around we're talking about sunburn. Dr. Lindsay Friesen of Blue Ridge Internal Medicine says she's treating several patients for sunburn.

Symptoms of sunburn include red, inflamed and painful sun-exposed skin, which can last two to three days.

People typically get sunburn during the summer and people with fair skin are more susceptible. While you can get sunburn on hot sunny days, you can also get it when it's hazy outside.

Dr. Friesen recommends treating sunburn with first aid creams and over-the-counter remedies such as Solarcaine.

When it comes to preventing sunburn, Dr. Friesen suggests lathering on SPF sunblock 15 or higher. For people who tend to get sun blisters, don't forge your lips. She says it may also be helpful to use an SPF lip balm.

While you're checking your skin for sunburn, Dr. Friesen says you may also want to examine your moles. She suggests looking for any moles that have grown in size or changed. By doing that you may help detect skin cancer at an early stage.

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