Sun lovers urged to protect themselves from harm

Thursday 2nd August, 2018

People living in and visiting Coastal West Sussex being urged to protect themselves against the sun this summer to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG recommends following these tips to stay safe in the sun:

  • Use at least factor 15 sunscreen and reapply every few hours
  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • Avoid getting sunburn
  • Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • Take extra care with children

Further tips are available in our 'Your Care' section.

Mild sunburn can usually treated at home to help relieve you symptoms until your skin heals, without the need to visit a GP.

The NHS recommends having a cold bath or shower to cool down the skin, or you can sponge your skin with cold water or hold cold flannel against it.

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and apply soothing lotions to moisturise the skin.

To support people we are urging residents and visitors to be aware of the dangers of sunburn - while it’s usually mild and short-lived, it's important to try to avoid it because it can increase your risk of developing skin problems in later life, including cancer.

Going into shade, wearing clothing and sunglasses, and using sunscreen which is at least factor 15 with good UV-A protection on all exposed skin, will all help reduce the risks agricultural we all face when going out in the sun for long periods.

Anyone who feels unwell or concerned about their sunburn, particularly if you're burnt over a large area or have any of the more severe symptoms (such as blistering or swelling of the skin) should call NHS 111, visit their GP or speak to a local pharmacist.