Long days on the beach, laying out in the sun, and being outside as much as possible are things we look forward to during the summer. It's all enjoyable to be outside on a hot, summer afternoon until you go home and realize how sunburned you got. Sunburn is a common form of radiation burn that can be easily treated if you're careful enough. Although sunburn can range from mild or severe, it's important to take the appropriate precautions for treatment. Click here to learn how to prevent getting burned in the first place, but in the meantime, here are seven ways on how to soothe that itchy burn we all try to avoid during the summer!
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Take a cold shower or bath. There's nothing like the feeling of cold water on a hot and steamy sunburn. Along with the feeling of relief, cold water reduces swelling and draws away heat from your body!
Moisturize your skin. After a cold shower or bath it's necessary to moisturize your skin with the right lotions. Moisturizers containing aloe vera will provide relief for the burn and give off nutrients to help with healing!
Hydrate with water. Any burn will draw water to the surface of the skin and away from the rest of the body. It is important to drink extra amounts of water to stay hydrated when you're sunburned, so be aware of any signs of dehydration including a dry mouth, headache, reduced urination, or dizziness. (via Skin Cancer Foundation)
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Use the tea method. Black tea has been known to be one of the best natural home remedies for treating sunburn. Just take the black tea bags and soak them in cold water until the water is dark. Next, take a cloth and soak it in the black tea, then compress on your sunburn. The black tea will draw heat and sting from your skin, reducing any redness or swelling! (via Lifehacker)
Take over-the-counter pain relievers. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Also, by treating the pain and swelling of a sunburn, this can help prevent any severity of the symptoms!
Wear loose clothing. Some symptoms of sunburn include itchiness, blistering, and swelling of the skin. Wearing loose clothing will help prevent blisters from opening and reduce pain! Letting your skin breathe and release heat will also help with healing.
Be aware of infection. Any sunburn can lead to blisters or open sores. If your sunburn blistered, do not pop them because the open wound can possibly lead to infection. Allow the blisters to heal and place antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) on any open wounds.