Health-Related Issues -- Sunburn


  • first degree - reddened skin, swelling, and pain
  • second degree - reddened skin with blisters, and pain
  • low grade fever
  • nausea and vomiting with severe burns


  • apply cold water or soak in tub of cool water (don't apply ice)
  • take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain
  • don't apply Vaseline or other greasy creams
  • don't rub skin
  • don't break blisters

Get Advice For

  • unrelieved pain with use of analgesics
  • first degree burn of large area
  • fever or nausea and vomiting
  • second degree burns


  • avoid sun exposure between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • apply a sunscreen (with SPF of 15 or higher) 30 min. before exposure
  • sun exposure may cause skin changes leading to skin cancer, and premature wrinkling
  • if you insist on tanning, limit sun exposure on the first day to 5-10 min (on each side), then add 5 minutes per day


For additional information on skin cancer go to Melanoma