Aug 24

Learn How To Treat A Sunburn

How To Treat A Sunburn (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Did all that fun in the sun end with a nasty burn? Let’s get you some relief! You will need:

A Bathtub or Cold, Wet Compresses
Aloe Vera plant or lotion, or Hydrocortisone cream
Aspirin
Sunblock

Optional:

Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal
Acetaminophen or Ibuprophen
Antibiotic ointment

Step 1: Cool off your skin with a cool bath, or cool, wet compresses. If you opt for the bath, add a half-cup of baking soda or several cups of colloidal oatmeal – available at drugstores. Soak for 10 minutes, repeat as often as needed.

Step 2: Apply something soothing, like aloe vera from a plant or a lotion, or 1% hydrocortisone cream. Do not use petroleum-based products or products with Benzocaine. They’ll just lock in the heat.

Step 3: If you’re an adult, take an aspirin. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve the pain. Never give aspirin to children under 16. Give them acetaminophen or ibuprophen instead.

Step 4: Let your skin heal. If blisters form, leave them alone. If they break, use an antibiotic ointment. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about peeling, but a moisturizing lotion can ease any itching.

Step 5: Buy a good sunscreen and a big sunhat, so you don’t get burned again. And, stay out of the sun until your burn has healed!

Did you know? It’s easier to get sunburned at high altitudes, because you’re less protected by the atmosphere!

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Jersey