Feet, sun and having fun

The wrong way

Can you spot the difference?

The right way

With the weather becoming sunny and warm we must cover up and apply the sun cream this applies to the feet as well. Feet have been covered for the winter with no exposure to the weather so are very vulnerable to burning when exposed even to very little sun.

When you apply your sun cream at least factor 30, allow it to soak in and give at least 30 minuets to protect your skin. Reapply after any water activities and top up through out the day. Be safe in the sun, the long term damage which can occur due to sun burn may not become apparent until your later years so protect now and not pay for it in the future.

This is the same for all your skin but many people forget the foot and toes.

What should you do if you get burnt. First get out of the sun move into the shade or indoors if possible. Cool the feet with cool wet towels or running cool water to reduce the heat, ice may be used inside a bag wrapped in a towel, do not apply ice directly to the area this can cause more damage to the skin. If the area is not to badly burnt apply a cooling after sun cream. Drink plenty of fluids to minimise dehydration. If there is any blistering of the skin it is advisable to seek medical attention to prevent scaring. Do not burst any blisters. The foot may also become swollen. If you can take over counter pain relief it will help to relieve the discomfort. Wear shoes which cause little friction such as sandals. Do not expose the skin to sun until the redness has gone and use a high factor sun cream as the skin will be sensitive.

If you are not sure if you need medical care contact your GP, A&E for advise or a Pharmacist.