What's Going Around: Sun exposure, burns and blisters


Exhaustion and dehydration are two of the health concerns getting attention because of recent excessive heat warnings in central Ohio and across the country.

Urgent care medical staff said they’re seeing more people come in with mild sunburn symptoms to serious skin damage.

Doctor Jason Pedrick, who is the Associate Medical Director for OhioHealth Urgent Care said, people are not ready for the conditions.

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“They’ll come in and they’re not prepared for the sunlight. So, they come in afterward," he said.

Pedrick’s team has been treating an influx of summer sun issues ranging from minor sunburns to blistering burns.

The experts advise that a self-limited sunburn will usually go away within 48 to 72 hours but Dr. Pedrick said blistering could take up to a week to go away.

“You don't want to pop the blisters yourself you want them to go away on their own and when they do pop there are some topicals that will help with the pain," he said.

The American Academy of Dermatology advises consumers to look for the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide on sunscreen labels.

Dermatologists say either ingredient is optimal for people with sensitive skin. Also choose a product that is broad spectrum in its protection and comes with an SPF of 30 or higher. ]

It takes 15 minutes for the skin to absorb sunscreen and most adults need to use about an ounce.

Protection includes reapplying sunscreen every two hours when you're outside after you finish swimming or sweating.