Great Tips For Treating A Bad Sunburn

Great Tips For Treating A Bad Sunburn

Great Tips For Treating A Bad Sunburn

By Dr Shivashankar B. SajjanshettyDermatology

A condition wherein overexposure to the sun’s UV rays causes inflammation, reddening and in more severe cases, peeling and blistering of the skin, is known as sunburn. The intensity of the sunburn depends on the type of skin, intensity of sunlight and the time period of exposure to the sun. Some of the remedial methods used to treat sunburns are discussed below:

  1. Bath: An immediate cold shower is advised in order to cool off the sunburn.
  2. Common kitchen staples like Oatmeal, Fat-free milk, Yogurt, Lettuce, Corn-starch and tea bags, when applied to the burned areas, can be great soothers.
  3. Avoid Soap: Usage of soap can worsen the burned condition of the skin. Its alternatives include vinegar, Aveeno, Baking soda, etc.
  4. Compresses: Skin Inflammation, caused by a sunburn, can be relieved by applying compresses on the area wherein any of the following materials can be used:
    1. Aluminium Acetate: In intense cases, apply water mixed with Domeboro’s powder packets.
    2. Cold Water or Ice: A cloth dipped in plain or iced water is applied over the area repeatedly.
    3. Witch Hazel: A cloth when moistened with witch hazel and applied, can provide temporary relief.
  5. Hydrocortisone Cream: Topical OTC (over the counter) 1% hydrocortisone cream helps relieve symptoms of sunburn such as itching, pain and inflammation.
  6. Use of Moisturisers: Use bath oil after you dry yourself once you have taken a bath. After this, moisturising creams and lotions should be applied.
  7. Prevention: Prevention is the best remedy against sunburn. Use of sunscreens with the correct amount of SPF (a minimum of 30), protective clothing, sunglasses and avoidance of direct sun exposure are highly recommended.
  8. Blisters: Blisters are signs of severe sunburn. They should be well-protected and given sufficient time to heal.
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