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Sunburn

  • A common injury that occurs in Australia
  • Sunburn is an example of a minor burn that is caused by overexposure to UV rays

 

Sunburn will often heal within a few days with appropriate treatment. 

Sunburnt areas should be kept moist to help soothe pain and assist in healing. By keeping the area moist, the risk of scarring is also minimised. The use of a hydrating gel such as SOLOSITE™ can help sunburn by creating an environment which allows less painful healing. More severe sunburn may require hospitalisation. If you are unsure about the severity of the sunburn, please consult a healthcare professional.

 

 

 

 

Sunburn Treatment

  • Apply fast effective first-aid
  • Place under cool running water for at least 20 minutes immediately or within the first 3 hours after the burn occurred
  • Do not use ice or iced water
  • Remove clothing and jewellery – can continue to burn
  • Do not break blisters
  • Do not apply butter, oils, creams, ointments or powders

 

Always seek medical advice if the sunburn is:

  • Larger than the size of an adult’s palm
  • Larger than the size of a 20c piece for children
  • On the face, hands, feet
  • On young children and the elderly.
  • In pregnant women

  • Visit www.ANZBA.org.au (Australian and New Zealand Burn Association) for further information.