It’s no secret lifeguards spend a lot of time under the summer sun. Without proper precaution sunburns can be an annoying consequence. It has happened to all of us – forgetting to reapply sunscreen – only to be reminded of our grave mistake with the welcome of itchy reddened skin. Oh the burn!
When finding sunburn relief is hard to come by, use our tips for treating overexposed skin:
Step 1 – Cool Down
Apply a cool compress to the affected areas. Try a towel damp with cool water or cool shower for larger areas of sunburn.
Step 2 – Soothe the Skin
When it comes to burns, aloe is your friend. Whether it’s from a store bought gel or the plant itself, aloe’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce swelling and calm the skin.
Step 3 – Drink Up
Rehydrating and staying hydrated after overexposure helps the body recover from hours in the sun. Drinking water and other drinks high in electrolytes will do the best to help you heal.
Step 4 – Try a Pain Reliever
You know it. We know it. Sunburns hurt. Take a pain reliever like an aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen (according to package and with the guidance of your guardian if under age). Not only will this give your relief from the pain, there’s also the added benefit of reducing inflammation caused by overexposure. Contact your doctor to determine if this method will work best for you.
Step 5 – Don’t Pop
As tempting as it may be, breaking a blister can do more harm than good. Popping blisters can increase the risk of infection hindering the healing process. Instead, gently clean them with soap and water and cover with antibacterial cream. But whatever you do don’t pop or scratch.
Step 6 – Wear Loose Clothing
Yes, you’ve guessed it… the last thing you want on your irritated skin are tight pants, shirts, and jewelry causing further pain and hindering full recovery and sunburn relief
After following these tips you believe your condition has gotten worse or extends beyond what is believed to be a normal sunburn contact your doctor immediately. Always remember prevention is the best option for treating overexposure.
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