How to Treat Sunburn


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If you’ve spent too much time in the sun and have had a burn, you know that you can’t cure the burn or get rid of it quickly. However, you can treat your burns and make life a little more bearable. Here’s how.

  1. Drink plenty of water – If you’ve spent the day in the sun your body will undoubtedly be dehydrated. Drinking water will hydrate your body and skin. Keep sipping throughout the day.
  2. Apply cold compress to the skin – This will help to mild cases of sunburn.
  3. Take a cold shower or bath – A cold shower will cool off your irritated skin.
  4. Aloe Vera – Apply aloe vera to the area this will help to keep your skin cool and moist. WebMD suggests applying a  topical steroid. “Topical steroids (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling. Note: Do not use the cream on children younger than age 2 unless your doctor tells you to.” Source.
  5. Take an over the counter pain reliever such as advil or asprin. I try to take these only when I really need to, but it’s good to have in an emergency.
  6. Leave Blisters Alone – If you have small blisters, its best to leave them alone. If you need to, cover them with light gauze. Breaking blisters could open your body up to infection. Infection and sunburn will not lead to a happy summer.
  7. Moisturize – Continue to use moisturizing cream with aloe vera even as your skin begins to peel.
  8. Call your doctor if severe sunburn covers a large portion of your body with blisters, is accompanied by a high fever or severe pain or if it doesn’t begin to improve within a few days
  9. Stay out of the sun – Avoid contact with the sun until your burns have healed. This will take several days.

Sunburn can really hurt and put a damper on the summer, so be careful and apply your sunscreen before going into the sun and reapply often! If you’ve found your way to this site because you’re in sunburn pain, I hope these tips help you!

Happy Summer! 🙂


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