down to whatís in the term sunburn: "sun" and
"burn." Simply put, the sun burns your skin. And the
result can be pain, redness, blisters and peeling skin.
is the key," says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic
preventive medicine physician. "But if youíve already
been sunburned, taking a cool shower or bath can be a helpful
says the cool water from a shower, bath or cold compress works
to tame the inflammation that occurs around a sunburn. Taking
an anti-inflammatory medicine can help too. Drinking plenty of
water will help replenish what your body is losing in battling
says to avoid applying topical products to the burned area, as
they can irritate the skin and, in some cases, cause an
allergic reaction. And donít pop blisters that may form.
fluid thatís underneath the blisters is completely
sterile," says Dr. Kermott. "It can only become
infected if it has exposure to the outside world ó if itís
says if blisters break on their own, apply an antibacterial
cream to protect the newly exposed layer of skin.
doctor if the sunburn:
accompanied by a high fever or extreme pain
Blistering covers a large part of your body
Produces yellow drainage or red streaks leading away from
Kermott says to wear loose-fitting cotton clothing over the
burn to limit any further exposure to the sun until the skin
is healed.To avoid sunburn:
Cover exposed areas with sunscreen.
shade during peak sun hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and the
delicate skin around them.
AND HOME REMEDIES
sunburn occurs, you canít do much to limit damage to your
skin. But the following tips may reduce your pain and
a pain reliever
needed, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen
(Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help
control the pain and swelling of sunburn, especially if you
take it soon after sun exposure. Some types of pain relievers
may be applied to your skin as gels.
the affected skin a compress ó such as a towel dampened with
cool tap water. Or take a cool bath or shower.
vera lotion or gel may be soothing.
break small blisters (no bigger than your little fingernail)
blister breaks, gently clean the area with mild soap and
water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a
nonstick gauze bandage.
Treat peeling skin gently
few days, the affected area may begin to peel. This is your
bodyís way of getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin.
While your skin is peeling, continue to moisturize.
Protect your sunburn from further sun exposure
of the sun or protect yourself from sunlight when you go
Avoid applying "-caine" products, such as benzocaine
creams may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Benzocaine has been linked to a rare but potentially deadly
condition that decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood
can carry (methemoglobinemia). Donít use benzocaine in
children younger than age 2 without supervision from a health
care professional. If youíre an adult, never use more than
the recommended dose and consider talking with your doctor
before using it.