Sunburn Treatment Clinic in Rockville, MD
Getting UV exposure can be great for your overall health, but making sure you follow proper safety precautions when it comes to the sun is necessary to make sure you are not affected by sunburns or other heat exposure conditions. If you have been affected by sunburn, walk into Physicians Now Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic today to get checked out, so we can help you on the way to healing. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
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What is sunburn exactly?
What are the degrees of sunburn?
How do you know when sunburn is serious?
Should I go to urgent care for sunburn?
Sunburn is seen as very red, painful skin that feels too hot to the touch. It usually appears within a few hours after being overexposed to ultraviolet light from sunshine or artificial sources like sunlamps.
Intense repeated UV light exposure that results in sunburn can increase the risk of other skin damage including dark spots, rough spots, and dry or wrinkled skin. It also raises the chances of risk of skin cancers such as melanoma.
You can prevent sunburn and other related conditions connected to sunburns by protecting your skin. This is especially important when you are outdoors, regardless if it feels cool or if the day is cloudy.
Sunburns signs and symptoms may include:
• Changes in the color of the skin tone, such as pinkness or redness
• Skin starts to feel warm or even hot to the touch
• Pain and tenderness
• Fluid-filled blisters which can break
• Eyes that feel painful or gritty
Any exposed areas of your body can become sunburnt including your earlobes, scalp, and lips. Even covered areas can burn if your clothing is a loose weave or allows any ultraviolet light through it.
Sunburn is usually classified as first-degree or second-degree, and it depends on the depth and size of the skin that has been affected.
First-degree sunburn is when the skin’s outer layer becomes damaged, but it can heal by itself, usually within a few days.
Anyone with first-degree sunburn may notice the following skin symptoms, usually within 4 hours after exposure to sunlight:
• Warm or tight feeling
• Swelling or blistering
After about 3-8 days you may also experience skin peeling. Other symptoms that can occur from first-degree sunburn are headaches, raised body temperature, fatigue, and nausea.
Second-degree sunburn is when ultraviolet sunlight has the opportunity to penetrate the skin’s outer layer and start to damage the layer beneath which is called the dermis.
It can take weeks to completely heal and also requires medical treatment. A person with a second-degree sunburn may also notice the following symptoms:
• Skin that is a deep red tone
• Swelling and/or blistering over a large area
• Wet-looking or shiny skin
• White discoloration within the burned area of the skin
Second-degree sunburn can take up to several weeks to heal and requires urgent medical attention to help with the burns by applying cream and burn dressings. If you have these symptoms, plus symptoms of heatstroke, you must immediately visit urgent care like Physicians Now Urgent Care or your local Emergency Room for treatment.
If you have second-degree sunburn which is considered the most serious case of sunburn, you should visit urgent care like Physicians Now Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic to have the skin looked at as well as your symptoms checked out. The symptoms you need to be looking out for if you have a second-degree sunburn and need immediate urgent medical care attention include:
• Raised body temperature
• Feeling hot and shivery
• Muscle cramping
• Slurred speech
• Fast breathing or a rapid pulse
Children or babies with severe sunburn should also visit a healthcare professional for further medical advice and treatment for their sunburn. This could cause extensive external as well as internal damage.
If you are showing signs or symptoms of first- or second-degree sunburn, you should visit Physicians Now Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic to receive medical attention to make sure you are safe to go home and rest while healing. Our medical professionals will be able to help you onto the right path for your health and offer any medical advice to help in your healing. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Travilah MD, Lone Oak MD, Colesville Park MD, Redland MD, Darnestown MD, Anscroft MD, and Wheaton-Glenmont MD.
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