Preparing for Your Appointment Regarding Sunburn

Extreme sunburn may require medical attention, as the damage from UV rays can cause pain, itchiness and discomfort in the skin, as well as fatigue, dizziness, nausea and fever. Prior to your appointment regarding your burn, you can prepare with the following:

Make a Mental Note of Your Symptoms

In order to receive adequate treatment for your appointment regarding your sunburn, your physician or dermatologist will need to know:

  • How long you (suspect) your damaged skin was exposed to the sun or tanning booth
  • Whether you had worn sunscreen over the area, what SPF it was, and how often you reapplied
  • Whether you are experiencing intense itching, pain, discomfort, fatigue, dizziness, nausea or fever
  • Whether or not you noticed a change in moles that have been exposed to the sun

Prepping for the Appointment

Although you will be tempted to put ointments and lotions on the sunburn in order to make the burn more bearable, it'll be easier for your physician or dermatologist to evaluate your burn if you come to the appointment without any ointments, creams, perfumes or jewelry on or near the burnt area. Wear comfortable, loose clothing that you should expect to remove if the burn is in an area that is under your clothes. Do not get any tattoos or piercings before your appointment and remove any piercings in the affected area.

Treatment for sunburn typically involves keeping the skin moist and keeping yourself hydrated. You may be instructed to use a prescription ointment, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar and/or scent-free lotions on the burn in order to help it heal faster. Avoid further prolonged exposure to the sun or tanning booths while recovering, and always wear a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.

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