There is little doubt that sunburns can be a painful consequence for enjoying a sunny day—if you don’t take the necessary steps to avoid them. As Jasjot Johar, MD, an emergency room doctor at McKee Medical Center, noted prevention is of the utmost importance with sunburns.
“Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure and always use sunscreen,” Dr. Johar said. “Depending on skin and past history, you can burn within a few minutes, so it does not always require prolonged sun exposure.”
He recommends reapplying sunscreen based on your activity, water exposure and sweat. Remember, certain medications, such as antihistamines and certain antibiotics, can make you more susceptible to sunburns. And, sedatives, including alcohol, can cloud your judgement about sun exposure and lead to serious sunburns.
As our infographic shows, not everyone follows this easy solution to avoiding sunburns.