What's Going Around - July 13, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

We're in the middle of the hottest days of the year. It's fun to get outside and enjoy it. But that's leading to sunburns.

That's what's going around, according to Dr. Steven Reich with Colorado Springs Health Partners.

He's seen kids AND parents with significant sunburns. And you may think sunburns are just part of summer. But that's not the case. They can be very serious.

Take a look at these symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic: pinkness or redness, skin that feels warm or hot to the touch, pain or tenderness, swelling, small fluid-filled blisters, which may break and even a headache, fever and fatigue if your sunburn covers a large area.

If you get a sunburn, here's what you can do: take an over-the-counter pain reliever, keep your sunburn cool - with cool compresses, keep it moist with aloe and leave any blistering alone.

So how do you know when to go to the doctor? Here's what the folks at the Mayo Clinic have to say. You should go to the doctor… if blistering covers a large portion of your body, if your burn is accompanied by a high fever, extreme pain, confusion, nausea or chills or if you don't respond to at-home care within a few days.

This can all be avoided by covering up and avoiding the hottest parts of the day. And don't forget to wear your sunscreen.

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