Tips for Sunburn Relief

Now that summer is here, most families want to be outside manufacturing good old Vitamin D  as much as possible.   Although we know we should be applying sunscreen throughout the day, at some point we just forget.   The fun of summer has a tendency to lure us into complacency.   It is then *sigh* someone will suffer a sunburn.  And sunburns are painful because, well, they are a burn.   They are akin to burning your arm with an iron or by touching a hot stove.  Luckily – there are several ways to tame the heat and pain of a sunburn so your loved one can be back outside in a jiffy…..WITH sunscreen of course!  Below are several tips for sunburn relief:

Sunburn without blisters

  • Use cool clothes on sunburned areas – this is temporary relief but it does feel nice!
  • A cool bath works too – a cool shower could work if the water pressure isn’t too great.
  • Aloe Vera gel that has been stored in the refrigerator is perfect for taking the heat out of a sunburn.
  • A paste made with baking soda and water will also have a cooling anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Take a small amount of NSAID to reduce the inflammation.
Sunburn with blisters
  • Do not try to break the blisters – they will break on their own.
  • Do not cover blisters – unless clothing is rubbing against them and irritating them.
  • Large blisters can become infected.  If you must touch them, wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Do not remove the skin left behind after a blister breaks.
  • Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the affected area.
Hope these tips help your family have a wonderful, pain-free summer!  Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

 
 

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