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.
- 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.