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Are there any home remedies to treat sunburn?
There are some simple measures that can be applied at home to help with sunburns.
The easiest and most important remedy to sunburn is using effective preventative
measures to avoid sunburn. These steps include:
Do not spend too much time in the sun, especially in direct sunlight in
the middle of the day.
Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirt, a hat with a large
brim, and use sunscreen.
Drink water to keep hydrated while spending time in the sun.
Once sunburn occurs, there are sunburn remedies that can help with treating
the itching and burning
sunburn symptoms. These include:
Apply dampened cloths or compresses to reduce the heat and lessen the
Soak in a bathtub of tepid, plain, soap-free water (soap can irritate the
Gently pat the skin dry afterward - do not rub it
Apply a soothing cream, lotion, or another preparation approved by a
physician or pharmacist
Some preparations, in particular those containing
(Endocaine, Hurricaine), can trigger an allergic reaction in some
individuals, and certain ointments can slow healing by sealing off the skin
from the air.
If the discomfort is significant, take an OTC painkiller such as
(Tylenol and others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, PediaCare Fever, and
These medications also can be used to treat headache
or body ache associated with sunburn. Headache may be caused by dehydration. Drink
plenty of fluids (no caffeine or alcohol) to prevent dehydration
while out in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
Moisturize with creams or aloe Vera gel may also help with
symptoms of sunburn.
If blisters form after sunburn, do not attempt to burst or "pop" them unless
they are located in a very painful area, or are otherwise causing a lot of
discomfort due to size. Most blisters will break by themselves if they are left
alone. Blisters are better left uncovered as rubbing or placing a tight cover
over them may cause infections and more discomfort. If blisters need to be
covered because they cause discomfort by rubbing on clothes, use a loosely applied dressing.
Once a sunburn blister breaks, the area of the broken blister should be kept
clean by washing it frequently with soap and water. The left over skin should be
left alone, but cleaned, until it falls off. Broken blisters generally heal on
their own, but topical antibiotic ointments should be applied to the area of broken blisters to prevent infections.
If a sun blister is uncomfortable or too large or located in a cosmetically unappealing area, consider breaking it carefully. This could be done by gently cleaning the area well with soap and water or rubbing alcohol and using a
sterilized needle to punch a hole at the edge of the blister gently. The fluid inside can be pushed towards the hole and drained. The area should be cleaned again and covered with a loose dressing afterwards. Topical antibiotics can be applied to the broken blister to reduce the risk of infection.