By Dr. Vanishree S.V, 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:
A sunburn is caused when UV rays from the sun penetrate your skin.
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.
The next stage of sunburn results in more pain as well as increased swelling. Sometimes even blisters form on your skin.
3. Flu-like Symptoms:
Even though this is rare, you may develop flu like symptoms including getting a fever, feeling cold, feeling nauseated and generally feeling weak.
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. Creams and Gels:
There are certain creams and gels which soothe the pain resulting from sunburn including aloe, camphor and menthol.
NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications relieve pain as well as swelling caused by sunburn all over the body.
4. 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.