Nottingham University Hospitals issues guidance for sun protection

NUH urges people to take extra care when out and about in the sun. Andrea Cronshaw, Clinical Nurse Specialist, for Children’s, Burns and Plastics has issued some guidance about protecting yourself when out and about in the sun.

Sun Protection key points:

  • Stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm– the sun is at its highest and hottest between these times.
  • Apply factor 50+ sunscreen and reapply regularly -Most people do not apply enough sunscreen when out and about on a sunny day, if it is applied too thinly it provides less protection.
  •  Wear sun protection tops and suits– Make sure you cover up with sun protection tops and suits which are made of lyrca. You can still get sunburnt through thin cotton clothing.
  • Check sunscreen expiry dates– Do not use sunscreen which has gone past its expiry date as it will not offer protection.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight- Sun screens do not offer 100% protection so keeping out of direct sunlight is important.
  • Keep hydrated and drink plenty of fluids –to help prevent sun stroke and  other sun related illnesses
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 What to do if you’ve had too much sun:

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NHS Choices advise that you Contact your GP, go to your nearest NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111 If you feel unwell or you’re concerned about your sunburn, particularly if you’re burnt over a large area.

Signs of severe sunburn can include:

  • Blistering or swelling of the skin
  • Chills
  • A high temperature (fever) of 38˚C (100.4F) or above
  • Dizziness, headaches and feeling sick – sym