Sunburn occurs when the skin is over exposed to
UV rays from the sun or sun beds. It can
range from mild to severe and symptoms vary depending on
the severity of burn. Mild sunburn can be
treated at home. More severe cases require
Typical symptoms of sunburn include;
With most cases of sunburn, affected skin peels
off a few days after the sunburn has occurred.
More severe symptoms may include include
If any of these occur, seek medical attention
immediately. Severe sunburn should not be
treated at home.
Treatment of mild/moderate sunburn includes;
not be cured, you have to let your body heal.
aimed at relieving symptoms & may include;
Cool the skin. For small areas, cold
compresses will work, if a larger area is
affected try a cool (not cold) shower or
bath to relieve discomfort.
plenty of water
to stay well hydrated.
the counter painkillers, to relieve pain
vera gel can help soothe affected skin.
Avoid using creams or oils on burned skin,
it will only make the situation worse. Aloe
vera gel can either be purchased or if you
have an aloe vera plant, you can remove a
spear, slit it open & apply the gel directly
to the area.
cucumber or tomato can be rubbed on
affected areas to cool & soothe. This is
particularly good on the face.
fitting clothing should be worn while
the sunburn is healing to avoid irritating
the area further.
Moisturise the skin once the pain and
redness have subsided.
blisters alone. Do not pop them, it can
lead to infection.
Avoid the sun while the sunburn is healing to
prevent further damage. If you must go outdoors,
wear sunscreen, a wide rimmed hat & loose,
long sleeved clothes.
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