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We've Got Some Tips To Keep You Safe In The Sun This Summer

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

     We've seen plenty of sunshine in recent weeks.
     So are you properly taking care of yourself and-or your kids when you're outside?
     And if you get a sunburn...when is it something to ache about...and when does it warrant a trip to the doctor?
 When you get a sunburn, most times, it's unpleasant to get dressed, lay down, or even take a shower.
But on occasion...
Dr. Ronald Edwards, Freeman Urgent Care: "Sunburns can be very dangerous, if you have over-exposure to ultraviolet light, you could have severe blistering, which is second degree burns, nausea, headache, dehydration."
Doctor Edwards says if you have a child under one year - and they get sunburned, don't hesitate taking them to the emergency room.
Otherwise, it's a good idea to consult your child's pediatrician for sunburns for toddlers and older kids.
And with the sun beating down - parents, like Jamie Pelt, aren't taking any chances.
Jamie Pelt, Parent: "We definitely put sunscreen on the children they're very pale, so, we make sure that we apply it, quite often if they're definitely in the water, but other than that, when it's really hot and sunny out we only try to limit the outside time to about 20-30 minutes if we're in direct sun."
As for yourself - if you get burned...
Edwards: "While the moisture is still on your body after you barely towel off then put a good moisturizer on, nothing that has petroleum or oil base, nothing that has lidocaine or benzocaine, because those can actually injure injured skin further."
Edwards also suggests going beyond the instructions on a sunscreen - especially if you're in the water - and getting out of the water and reapplying the sunscreen every couple of hours.
One last piece of advice - if you're outdoors - fine shade, but, there's some areas to avoid.
Edwards: "You can also be in the shade next to sand, and have a sunburn, snow, sand, and water all reflect UV light."
     Doctor Edwards also recommends wearing "tight-weave" clothing that will help block UV rays as well.
 

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