What's Going Around - July 12, 2011

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

No, you don't have to worry about catching the flu right now. But there's one thing you have to watch out for and it's something that really makes summer-time... summer-time! We’re talking about the sun!

So if you wind up with a sunburn, here's what you need to know. We’ve got three tips offered by Mayo Clinic doctors.

First, keep the burn cool, whether that's with a cool compress or a cool bath. Next, keep the sunburn moist with aloe or some other kind of lotion. You also want to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for a sunburn.

In rare cases, you may need to see the doctor because of your sunburn. Here's what to look for: First, if the burn covers a large part of your body with blisters. Another thing to look for is a high fever. And if the sunburn doesn't improve after a few days, it’s time to seek help.

These are just a few things to keep in mind, because the sun isn't going anywhere. And we know you want to get out and enjoy it. Just do it safely.

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