Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Deal with a Nasty Sunburn

We are undergoing an unusually hot and dry summer and if you are not careful. These are the ingredients for a very bad sunburn. Do not worry; you are not the only one who has made this mistake. Virtually everyone has been foolish enough to stay out in the sun too long.

Sunburn pain can be quite agonizing and in some severe cases can be dangerous. Therefore, you should immediately take action when you realize you have let yourself be “fried.”

The pain and redness from sunburn usually peak after about 24 hours, and blisters sometimes follow. So, although you may feel discomfort quickly, be prepared for the onset of the most severe symptoms the next day.

Start the process of healing by taking a cool bath or shower. Then gently pat yourself dry. Cover the sunburned area with 100 percent aloe vera gel, hydrocortisone cream, or sunburn lotion. If you feel heat emanating from the burned area, apply cool, wet compresses to help ease the pain.

In addition to topical treatments, you can take aspirin or ibuprofen several times a day to reduce pain and inflammation. To keep your pain down to a minimum, you should wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid irritating the burn. It is also important that you do not break any water blisters because they can become infected. If any blisters break on their own, you should apply antibacterial ointment immediately. If conditions get worse, see your doctor right away.

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