Kathy needs a break. Raising an adventurous nine-year-old and a cantankerous teenager is far from relaxing, and by the time the Pratts get on the road for their family vacation, Kathy is very ready to sit back by the lake and bask in the sun.
So she does. In fact, she’s in such a hurry to relax that she forgets to apply sunscreen. When she falls asleep by the lake in her sunglasses for a few hours, she wakes up with quite a sunburn — and white rings around her eyes!
The local FastMed can’t do anything for Kathy’s raccoon-like appearance, but they treat her sunburn quickly and get her back out there. Into the shade, this time.
If you soak up too many rays this summer, check out FastMed’s treatment guide below. Better yet, take a tip from Kathy and avoid the problem by using sunscreen and protective clothing while you’re outside. You’ll be glad you did; sunburn may seem like a minor annoyance, but it has been linked to skin cancer!
For a mild sunburn (1st degree):
- Apply moisturizer, preferably containing aloe vera, on your skin regularly.
- Put a cold damp towel on the burned area for 10-15 minutes, a few times a day.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen if you’re in pain.
- Drink extra water to prevent dehydration.
- Cover your sunburn with protective, tightly-woven clothing.
For a more severe sunburn (2nd degree):
- Don’t touch any blisters that form — irritating them can cause infection.
- Go to the doctor immediately if you feel sick, dizzy, or cold.