Sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, usually from the Sun.
Common symptoms in humans and other animals include:
- Red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch or painful
- General fatigue
- Mild dizziness.
- Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain.As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then, apply a moisturizer to help trap the water in your skin. This can help ease the dryness.
- Use a moisturizer that contains aloe Vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin.If a particular area feels especially uncomfortable, you may want to apply a hydrocortisone cream that you can buy without a prescription. Do not treat sunburn with “-Caine” products (such as benzocaine), as these may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.
- Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.
- Drink extra water.A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.
- If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.Blistering skin means you have a second-degree sunburn. You should not pop the blisters, as blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection.
- Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals.Wear clothing that covers your skin when outdoors. Tightly-woven fabrics work best. When you hold the fabric up to a bright light, you shouldn’t see any light coming through.
FOOD AND VITAMIN TO SOOTH SUNBURN PAIN:
- Apply cool, not cold, MILK with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort.
- Like milk, YOGURT applied to sunburned skin also can be soothing.
- VITAMIN E is an antioxidant, and can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use VITAMIN E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement. Vitamin E oil also can be rubbed onto peeling skin.
- CUCUMBERS have natural antioxidant and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following a sunburn.
- Boil and mash peeled POTATOES, let cool, and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which may reduce pain and speed healing.
- CORNSTARCH also can be mixed with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.
MEDICINE FOR SUNBURN PAIN RELIEF:
- Take OTC pain relievers like non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation.
- Topical over-the-counter(OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms such as pain, itch, and swelling.