Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Too Much Sun? What You Should Know about Sun Poisoning.

Published in Dermatology, Wellness Tag: Leah Schammel, DO  

Author: Leah Schammel, DO

If you're anything like me you are taking advantage of these warm summer days after cooler than normal temperatures this year. As we spend more time outside and the sun gets hotter, beware of sun poisoning. What's sun poisoning? Sun poisoning doesn't mean you've actually been poisoned. It's most often used when referring to a severe sunburn. Severe sunburns are typically characterized by these symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Skin redness and blistering
  • Dehydration
  • Pain and tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fever and chills

Sun poisoning can generally be treated at home. Next time you forget the sunscreen and get a little too much sun, here's what you should do.

  • Get yourself out of the sun and into the shade
  • Cool down with a cool shower or bath or by applying a cool compress
  • Consume more water than you typically would for the next few days
  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain. Be sure to follow dosage instructions.
  • Use aloe gel or a cooling moisturizer
  • Cover up those sunburned areas whenever you head outside.

However, sometimes a severe sunburn needs medical attention. Head to your local urgent care if you experience any of the following symptoms.

  • A sunburn that forms blisters, covers a large area or is very painful
  • Facial swelling
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache, confusion or faintness
  • Fever and chills
  • Signs of dehydration

As you're heading out to enjoy our beautiful Minnesota summer, remember to wear sun protective clothing, hats, eye protection and swimsuits. We also recommend avoiding peak sun exposure from 10am - 2pm, if possible. And don't forget to lather on the sunscreen — think broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater — and reapply as instructed on the bottle.

So what are you waiting for? Kick back and enjoy these summer days!