What treatments helped relieve the pain, itching, peeling, etc. for sunburn?
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What is the treatment for sunburn?
Most of the
treatments available to treat sunburn are only used to treat symptoms.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in oral (ibuprofen, Motrin,
Naprosyn, Advil etc.) or
topical diclofenac 0.1% gel
(Solaraze) forms have shown to reduce
redness if applied before or immediately after UVB exposure. This benefit may be
diminished after 24 hours. These medications may also
help relieve the symptoms of sunburn such as pain and discomfort.
Topical steroid creams may not help. Oral steroids such as prednisone
also have not been proven
beneficial and have been associated with some significant side effects.
Applying aloe Vera gel to the skin may be beneficial in treating the symptoms.
Other remedies such as topical anesthetics (benzocaine) may help
relieve painful symptoms of sunburn. Also, topical OTC moisturizer creams (especially if applied right after a shower or bath) can be used to alleviate the sunburn itch.
If you get a significant sunburn during pregnancy contact your doctor to decide what treatments are safe for use.