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In Okemos, Dr. James Brouillette at Ingham Community Medical Center, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating sunburns this week.

Most mild sunburns cause pain and redness, affecting the outer layer of the skin in what's known as a first-degree burn.

The red skin might hurt when you touch it and burn under warm water.

Severe sunburns result in skin that is red and painful and swells up and blisters. These are second degree burns.

Sunburns can also cause mild fever and headache.

To treat a sunburn, keep the burned area cool and moist. Cool showers, fragrance-free lotions that contain aloe-vera, and over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil will help with symptoms.

Drink plenty of fluids and rest to relieve headache.

Do not break open any blisters, as this increases risk of infection.

See a doctor if sunburn covers a large area with blisters, you have large blisters that break open, or you experience high fever or severe pain.

Long-term symptoms of sunburn include an increased chance of having skin cancer, an increase in the number of cold sores, cataracts and premature wrinkling or brown spots.


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