I want to go outside. What precautions should I take and for how long?

1. How come I am so sensitive to the heat and cold?

We aren’t really sure, but think it has to do with the extra blood flow to the skin. In addition, the nerves to the skin are damaged, and probably don’t sense temperatures normally.

2. Why does everyone keep telling me to stay out of the sun?

There are three reasons. First, your newly healed skin will sunburn easily. Secondly, the sun will take a healed burn and turn it very dark in color—and that change is permanent! Finally, burned skin is more likely to develop skin cancer, particularly if it has been exposed to the sun.

3. How long will I have to take these extra precautions with the sun?

Generally, for about one year after you burn. Sunscreen with SPF 30 is good protection, as is clothing. But try to avoid the hot times of the summer day, such as between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Sun protective clothing is also a good idea, particularly for kids. It can be found by using a personal computer to search for the terms, “sun protective clothing” on the Internet.