SUNBURN REMEDIES

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SUNBURN:

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.

SYMPTOMS:

Common symptoms in humans and other animals include:

  • Red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch or painful
  • General fatigue
  • Mild dizziness.

 

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HOMEMADE REMEDIES:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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