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How to Deal with Sunburn

Summer is the time for fun in the sun. But unfortunately, too many of us stay out too long and get the inevitable sun burn. It’s certainly no fun having to deal with a sun burn over the next few days as it eventually peels away, but there are certain steps you can take to help relieve the pain.

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Remember that everyone reacts in their own way to sun burn pain, itch and discomfort so you may want to try a few different remedies to find the one that works best for you. Here are a few tips on how to deal with sun burn.

Cold Compress

This is perhaps the oldest treatment of sun burn known. Use a wash cloth or rag and soak it in cold water and apply it to the affected area for at least 20 minutes. You will probably have to re-wet the cloth as needed so that the cool water will soak into the skin and take the edge off the pain.

Aloe Vera

This is an excellent, natural topical treatment for sun burn that reduces the inflammation and sooths away the pain. You can also use cortisone cream as well as other recommended brands. These topical creams are usually the most desired since they can be placed directly on the affected areas of the skin.

Aspirin

It may not seem logical at first, but aspirin along with ibuprofen are actually quite good at reducing the inflammation caused by sun burn as well as taking the edge off the pain. You should have a bottle of aspirin handy so it can be taken at the first sign of sun burn pain. You can even crush up aspirin into a powder, mix with a little water and create a goopy paste that can be applied directly to the sun burn as well.

Cool Bath or Shower

You’ll want the temperature to be set at just below lukewarm and relax in the bath or the shower for a good 10 to 20 minutes. Remember to not use any soap, oils or any other detergents on the affected skin since it will irritate. If your sun burn is more severe and forming blisters, then you’ll want to stick with a bath as the running water will only irritate the area affected.

Re-Hydrate

Getting a sun burn can dehydrate the body, so be sure to drink plenty of water while you are recovering. By hydrating your body, you can also take a bit of the edge off the pain and help the healing process as well. Plus, you can avoid dehydration which leads to additional pain and complications.

Wear Loose Clothing

You definitely not want anything touching your sun burned skin, so wear loose clothing around the area as you recover. This will help the skin to heal by letting the area breathe.

There are certainly many home remedies as well that vary in their effectiveness against sun burn. You may want to try a few of them if you don’t have anything that will directly treat your sun burned skin.

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