Sunburn – How To Treat It?

Sunburn – How To Treat It?

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By Dr. Sejal Saheta, Dermatology

Sunburn is an extremely common condition with around one-third of the adult population as well as 70% of children getting sun burnt each year. Interestingly this can easily be prevented. The reason why this is so common is because people try to sunbathe in hopes of getting a tan but instead get sunburnt. Here is everything you need to know about the sunburn:

Causes-

A sunburn is caused when UV rays from the sun penetrate your skin.

Symptoms-

1. Reddening of the Skin:

This is the most common symptom of sunburns. Not only will your skin turn red but you will also feel a lot of pain.

2. Swelling:

The next stage of sunburn results in more pain as well as increased swelling. Sometimes even blisters form on your skin.

Treatment-

1. Cold Compresses:

It is also seen that when you apply a cold compress or even take a cold bath, you will automatically feel a lot better.

2. NSAID:

NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications relieve pain as well as swelling caused by sunburn all over the body.

3. Drink water and stay out of the sun:

Preventive measures such as staying out of the sun are crucial to not worsening your sunburn. Drinking water is also needed because you may feel dehydrated.

Prevention:

The best preventive measure anyone can take is applying sunscreen on the exposed body parts while going out under the sun. People can also consider covering the exposed body parts to prevent sunburn.