You Got Burned! Now What?

How to Treat a Sunburn

No matter how hard we try to avoid sunburns, there are still days when we are out in the sun too long. If that happens, be sure to follow these tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation on how to help ease the pain:

Act Quickly

Normally we can tell when we have overdone it. For the quickest recovery, begin treatment well before the burn starts to hurt.

Moisturize

In order to limit some pain and peeling, be sure to moisturize early and often. Continue moisturizing even as the burn starts to fade and peel. This will help avoid the urge to scratch or rub your skin.

Stay Hydrated

With every burn, our bodies draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. To help your body keep up with this process, be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Grab Some OTC Relief

Ibuprofen can reduce swelling and redness caused by burns. To make the most of its anti-inflammatory effects, begin taking ibuprofen as soon as you feel the burn.

Assess the Damage

Seek medical attention for a blistering burn that covers 20 percent or more of the body (i.e. a child’s entire back). In these cases, your medical professional may suggest a more substantial treatment than a cold shower and lotion.

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