Summertime invites us to enjoy the outdoors, the sunlight, and warmth. Nevertheless, this increase in external pursuits can also boost the risk of acquiring sunburns, rashes, and various bites and stings. These skin conditions are not only uncomfortable but can also ruin your planned outdoor activities. Here is information on how to manage these skin conditions, so you can make the most of your summer days.
Sunburns are one of the most common types of burns experienced in summer. They can range from mild redness to severe blistering that requires immediate attention. The first step in managing sunburn is to cool down the skin. Take a cool shower, use a cold compress, or apply aloe vera to soothe the skin. Next, drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated, and avoid tight-fitting clothes that can irritate the skin. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin can help reduce the pain and swelling.
Summer rashes are typically caused by allergic reactions or irritating substances such as plants, insect bites, or contact with chemicals. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, and blisters. To manage a rash, it is important to avoid scratching or rubbing it, as this can cause further irritation and infection. Apply a cold compress or calamine lotion to soothe the skin, and take an antihistamine to reduce the itching. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical treatment.
Summer is the season for insects, and they can cause painful and uncomfortable bites and stings. The first step in managing the bite/sting is to remove the stinger if present. Next, clean the affected area with soap and water, and apply a cold compress. Over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers can help reduce swelling and pain. If the bite/sting is severe or if you are allergic to insect venom, seek medical attention immediately.
The best way to manage summer skin conditions is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, always apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Avoid going outside during peak sun hours and use insect repellents to prevent insect bites. If you have allergies or are prone to skin conditions, consult your doctor for preventive measures.
Don’t let summer skin conditions ruin your outdoor fun. Know how to manage burns, rashes, and bites/stings, and take preventive measures to avoid them. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention immediately. At Liberty Urgent Care, we are here to help. With three locations to serve you, we are a convenient alternative to your primary care provider or dermatologist for common skin troubles. Walk in today and get back to your outdoor activities sooner. Happy summer!