From your health and wellness experts at Prisma Health
June 15, 2018

Don’t feel the burn: Tips for preventing and treating sunburn

Katie Schill, NP
Palmetto Health Mobile Clinic
It’s that time of year. School is out. The lake is calling your name. The water is warm at the beach, and you want to spend as much time outside as possible. Katie Schill, nurse practitioner with Palmetto Health’s Mobile Clinic, offers some advice on how to prevent sunburns while enjoying time outdoors.
“Sunburns predispose you to skin cancer and premature aging, so it’s important to take care of your skin,” Katie said.
To help prevent sunburns, Katie offers these tips:
  • Wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen that offers UVA and UVB protection. And make sure to check the expiration dates on those bottles of sunscreen you have left from last year.
  • Apply your sunscreen generously and regularly.
  • Protect your head and eyes, wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Stay in the shade if possible, especially during peak hours of 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
If you do burn, Katie offers this advice:
  • Don’t break small blisters. Large blisters may need to be evaluated by your primary care provider.
  • Treat your burned and peeling skin gently, apply lots of moisturizer.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, a burn can become worse if exposed to the sun again.
  • You can take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if needed.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Same-Day Care

Palmetto Health offers several same-day care options for minor illnesses such as sunburns and other skin conditions. To learn more, visit