How To Treat Sunburns

Besides nice and hot weather, summer also brings us some unpleasant things we have to deal with. One of them are sunburns. Sunburns look bad, hurt, peel and inflict long-lasting, wrinkle-including damage. Children are especially sensitive and, when we compare them to adults, kids exposed to the sun have a double risk of melanoma.

Act quickly

You should get away from the sun and start treatment as soon as you feel the tale-tell tingling of a burn or you see any sign of skin reddening. If you notice that your skin is changing color into pink, immediately find shelter from the sun, because on the contrary you’ll have a big problem.


After a cool shower or bath, slather on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat this step frequently to make peeling and flaking less noticeable. Consider using products with vitamin C and vitamin E – they can limit skin damage.


Try to drink extra water, juice or sports drinks for a couple of days and watch for signs of dehydration (dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, sleepiness and dizziness). Pay attention to children, they are especially vulnerable.

Don’t wait to medicate

As soon as you notice signs of sunburns, take a dose of ibuprofen and keep taking it for the next 48 hours. It cuts back on the swelling and redness that is going to occur and it might even prevent some long-term skin damage. Acetaminophen will only treat the pain, but it does not have an anti-inflammatory effect like ibuprofen.

Assess the damage

Most sunburns (even those that cause a few blisters) can be treated at home. But if a blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body (that’s a child’s whole back, for example), seek medical attention. Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills should also look for medical help.

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