Sun Burns and Sun Allergies
Summer fun can also mean summer skin problems and irritations. Don’t let them get you down; learn how to recognize, manage, and learn when to seek help from your dermatologist.
A sun allergy outbreak is red, scaly, and itchy bumps or blisters.
Some medications, including ketoprofen, tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline can cause an allergic reaction to the sun. Read labels and talk to your pharmacist if you are taking such medications. If there is a sun allergy possibility then try to stay out of the sun.
Sun allergies can also flair up from sensitive skin and that can run in families.
Protect yourself in the sun by wearing sunprotective clothing, stay in the shade, wear a sun hat, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more.
Beware. Sunburn can be sneaky. You might not realize that you’ve overexposed your skin to the sun until it is too late and you are burnt. Your skin can turn bright red, feel hot, and hurt! It can also blister. Tend to sunburnt skin with a cool shower or bath and skin treatments with aloe. Wear lose fitting clothes too as even clothing can cause sunburnt skin to hurt.
If you should have a fever or chills along with your sunburn, you might want to see your doctor.
As your burn fades, your skin might peel. It is important to let it peel naturally. You do not want to pull the skin off or rub it. Keep skin moisturized well.
Sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer, so please take precautions to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
Consult with Dr. Aboutalebi at Northstar Dermatology for questions about sun burns and sun allergies.
Dr. Aboutalebi has been recognized continually as one of Fort Worth’s Top Doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.