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It's sunburn that Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at DeWitt Family Medicine, a partner of McLaren Greater Lansing, is seeing patients with this week.

Most sunburns cause mild pain and redness. More severe sunburns involve swelling and blisters. After a few days you'll have peeling and itching.

You can treat a sunburn at home, but there's no fast fix.

Use cold compresses, take a cool bath or shower, and apply creams or gels containing menthol or aloe. You can also take ibuprofen or naproxen.

It's important to stay hydrated.

Until your sunburn heals, stay out of the sun.

If you have a fever of 102 degrees or higher, chills, severe pain, or blisters that cover 20 percent of your body, see a doctor.


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