Home Treatment Measures To Relieve Mild Sunburn
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Home Treatment Measures To Relieve Mild Sunburn

You may use these home treatment remedies and advice when treating your mild sunburn, if your sunburn conditions worsen, and you become very uncomfortable, please contact your doctor.

If you have any health risks that may increase the seriousness of sun exposure, you should avoid being in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taking steps to protect yourself from the sun will be beneficial for healthy skin for years to come.

Home Treatment

Home treatment measures may provide some relief from a mild sunburn.

  • Use cool cloths on sunburned areas.
  • Take frequent cool showers or baths.
  • Apply soothing lotions with aloe vera to sunburned areas. Topical steroids (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling and discomfort.

A sunburn can cause a mild fever and a headache. Lie down in a cool, quiet room to relieve the headache. A headache may be caused by dehydration, so drinking lots of fluids such as water will help these symptoms. There is little you can do to stop your skin from peeling after a sunburn-it is part of the healing process. You may want to use some Aloe Vera lotion to help relieve some of the itching that comes with the pealing of your skin. Other home treatment measures, such as chamomile, may help relieve your sunburn symptoms.

If you would like to try a nonprescription medication to help relieve your pain or fever, be sure to follow these nonprescription medication precautions:

  • Carefully read and follow all labels on the medication bottle and box.
  • Use, but do not exceed, the maximum recommended doses.
  • Do not take a medication if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
  • If you have been told to avoid a medication, call your doctor before taking it.
  • If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before using any medication.
  • Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 2 unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Many medications that you may be taking will carry a warning about photosensitivity on the label. Always reflect back on if you have been or are taking these medications. By taking these photosensitivity medications while you have been out enjoying the sun, may have resulted in a very bad sunburn, even if you were not out in the sun for a long length of time. Here is a list of some photosensitivity medications:

  • Blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin, heparin, and aspirin
  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
  • Short-term antibiotic use, such as:
  1. Tetracycline, quinolones (ciprofloxacin [Cipro])
  2. Sulfonamides (sulfa drugs such as trimethoprim with sulfonamides [Bactrim])
  • Medications to prevent organ transplant rejection
  • Medications used to treat cancer (chemotherapy)
  • History of or current radiation therapy

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Thanks for the advice. Well written article.