In Lansing, Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating sunburn.
Mild cases of sunburn usually result in minor skin redness and pain.
Initially the skin turns red about two to six hours after exposure.
You can see the peak effects after 12 to 24 hours.
The best way to avoid a sunburn is to avoid the sun, but if you are in the sun, you must wear sunscreen. Moore suggests SPF 30 or higher.
To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
You will want to reapply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes after you're outside. If you are sweating excessively or swimming frequently, you should reapply often.
UVA rays are the most likely to cause melanoma, so it is especially important to use sunscreen that protects against UVA.