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Sunburn in adults and children

Sunburn in adults and children

It’s important to be aware that without adequate protection, sunburn can happen in as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure, but the redness and discomfort may not be noticed for quite some time after. Further, every sunburn that you or your child gets can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Sun exposure is more dangerous for those who have moles or freckles, very fair skin, and hair, or a family history of skin cancer.

Sunburn is painful and uncomfortable in both adults and children, so it’s important to manage this with various aids as there is no ‘treatment’ – the body needs to heal itself.

Some aids that can help ease the discomfort of sunburn are:

  • Extra fluids to avoid the risk of dehydration, this is necessary for at least 2–3 days
  • Cool, wet compresses or a cool (not cold) shower
  • Soothing lotions containing aloe vera
  • If going outside, ensure all sunburned areas are fully covered to protect the skin
  • If necessary, take pain relief as directed.

Seek emergency medical care for your child if:

  • A sunburn causes blisters or is extremely painful
  • Your child has facial swelling from a sunburn
  • A sunburn covers a large area
  • Your child has fever or chills after getting sunburned
  • Your child has a headache, confusion, or a feeling of faintness
  • You see signs of dehydration

If you have any questions or concerns about sunburn in you or your child, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff.

After Hours

If you have a medical emergency after hours, please call 000 or attend your local emergency department.

If you want to see an after hours GP, you can see a GP in your own home. We recommend calling: Dial a Local Doctor – this is 100% Bulk Billing for DVA or Medicare card holders.

Phone: 1300 980 980 for Dial A Local Doctor.

Otherwise, our Doctors at Family Health Care Mackay Group are happy to see you during normal opening hours for all other appointments.