Sunburn can happen. You can find yourself unexpectedly in a “sunny” situation without your sunscreen, or you can fall asleep under a sun lamp and become overexposed to ultraviolet rays. But however it happens, sunburn should not be taken lightly. Sunburn can be very serious, and it needs to be treated like it is serious.
It can take several hours, or even several days, for the symptoms of sunburn to present themselves. The skin that has been overly exposed to ultraviolet rays will become red and feel sore to the touch. Blisters can develop. Then the skin can become dry and begin to peel off, often in sheets. Sunburn can cause fever, chill, nausea, vomiting, rash, and flu-like symptoms.
Some people don’t know that birth control pills and antibacterial agents used in soaps make skin more prone to sunburn. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays has been proven to be the leading cause of skin cancer, and it is most definitely the cause of early aging and wrinkling of the skin.
When overexposure to ultraviolet rays occurs for whatever reason, and even before any symptoms of sunburn appear, it is important to treat the occurrence as a burn. The first step is to cool the skin that has been overly exposed to the sun. Running cold water over the burn will help. Applying a paste made of baking soda and water repeatedly to the area will also help. These measures to cool the burn can affect how serious the later symptoms will be, and using them can help to avoid a lot of the pain and discomfort of sunburn.
After a sunburn has occurred, applying aloe vera and/or white vinegar to the burned area can help to reduce the pain. Here are some home remedies that can help:
- Apply equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar to the sunburn and leave on for about an hour before taking a bath.
- Grated cucumber rubbed all over a sunburned face cools and refreshes the skin.
- Rub Pepto Bismal on the sunburned area.
- Add about a cup of vinegar to a bathtub full of cool water.
- Apple cider vinegar will prevent blistering and peeling and help keep the skin moist.
- Soak in a tub of cold water after adding about a pound of baking soda or oatmeal.
- Mix together a jar of Noxema and Corizone 10 and rub this on the sunburn for cooling relief.
- Whole milk or buttermilk applied to the sunburned area and left on for about 20 minutes.
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Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Don’t apply creams or greasy substance to a sunburn since this will only make the situation worse by trapping the heat.
These are some home remedies and tips for soothing the pain and speeding up the recovery of sunburns. Don’t forget to consult your doctor first and seek help immediately for severe sunburn.
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