Sunburn is inflamed, painful skin that feels hot to the touch. It often appears within a few hours of being in the sun too long. You can get sunburn relief with simple self-care measures such as taking pain relievers and cooling the skin. But it may take days for the sunburn to fade. Have you experienced it and did not know much about it? Read on with us to know all about sunburn.
Immediate steps to cool your skin:
1- Get out of the sun as soon as possible.
2- Cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel (take care not to let a baby or young child get too cold)
3- Apply after sun cream or spray.
4- Drink plenty of water to cool down and prevent dehydration. Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, for any kind of pain.
The best treatment for sunburn:
An aloe vera lotion or gel or calamine lotion can be soothing. Try cooling the product in the refrigerator before applying. Avoid products that contain alcohol. Drink extra water for a day to help prevent dehydration.
How long does sunburn last?
How long it lasts will depend on how severe the sunburn is. Mild sunburn will stay for approximately 3 days. Moderate sunburn lasts for around 5 days and is often followed by peeling skin. Severe sunburn can last for more than a week, and the affected person may need to seek medical advice.
Avoid vaseline, yes vaseline:
Do not use butter, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), or other oil-based products. These can block pores so that heat and sweat cannot escape, which can lead to infection. Do not pick at or peel away the top part of the blisters. Creams with vitamins C and E may help limit damage to skin cells.
Ways to prevent sunburn:
1- Stay out of the sun from 10 am to 4 pm. This is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.
2- Wear a hat with a wide brim.
3- Wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun.
4- Don’t use a tanning bed.
5- Look for shade.
6- Use sunscreen even in the shade.
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About the Author: Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.