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Eye On Health: Sunburn Relief

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Heather Schoppelrei knows the dangers of spending too much time in the sun.

"Burning is awful, I hate sunburns it hurts," says Schoppelrei, who burns easily.

But even with regular sun block application, Heather's fair skin is susceptible to burns.

"I always get burned 3-4 time in the whole entire summer," says Schoppelrei.

Dermatologist Mark Thieberg sees patients like Heather all too often in the summer.

"They don't just look bad, they hurt, but they can realistically double your risk of melanoma in a lifetime so you should take them seriously," says Dr. Thieberg.

There are lots of myths out there about how you should take care of sunburns, but the doctor wants you to know the facts, starting with how to cool one off.

"Just cold compresses maybe a wash cloth under some ice cold water," says Dr. Thieberg.

You can also use half milk half water. Then, there's the tried and true method.

"My favorite is taking clear aloe vera gel, putting that in the refrigerator and you can put that on 3-4 times a day, it's very soothing," says Dr. Thieberg.

The doc also suggests aspirin or ibuprofen to help calm the pain.

Of course, the best thing to do is avoid burns all together, and Heather has a plan for that.

"Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock," says Schoppelrei.

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