John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Take a cool shower or bath to cool
your sunburned skin. Check out these natural bath therapies to soothe
sunburn pain and other symptoms.
Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a
bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote
Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is
especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin.
Add some lavender or chamomile
essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the stinging and pain.
Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath
to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn.
Avoid soap or perfumes in the bath
water as these can be drying on already dry and sunburned skin.
Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to
soothe and moisturize sunburnt skin. Some aloe products contain
lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn
pain. Aloe Vera is also a good moisturizer for
Drink lots of water, juice, or
sports drinks. Your skin is dry and dehydrated. Replacing lost body fluids will help
your skin heal from sunburn more quickly.
Apply a cool compress containing
Burow's solution (such as Domeboro Powder Packets -1 pkt in 1 pint of water) to
comfort and soothe a sunburn.
Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1%
hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms like pain, itch, and
Take OTC pain relievers
to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation.
Apply cool, not
cold, milk with
a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that
helps ease sunburn discomfort.
Like milk, yogurt applied to sunburned
skin also can be soothing.
antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E
oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also
can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to sunburnt skin
using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat
from sunburned skin, and also aids in restoring the pH balance. Add mint to the
tea for a more cooling effect.
Apply teabags soaked in cold water to sunburned eyelids to
soothe the burn and reduce inflammation.
Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties.
Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected
sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling
skin following a sunburn.
Boil and mash some peeled potatoes, let cool, and apply as a
dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed that the starch in the potatoes
helps draw out heat, which can reduce pain and speed healing.
Cornstarch also can be mixed with water to form a paste that
can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.