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Remedies For Sunburn Relief

Being out in the sun is fun. Who does not love to enjoy a sunny day out in water theme parks or at the beach? At the same time, spending time under the hot sun without adequate protection can hurt the skin. The acute cutaneous inflammatory reaction on the skin can cause redness, discomfort and pain. A first degree burn on the skin is usually known as sunburn and the only way to protect the skin

Being out in the sun is fun. Who doesn't love to enjoy a sunny day out in water theme parks or at the beach? At the same time, spending time under the hot sun without adequate protection can hurt the skin. The acute cutaneous inflammatory reaction on the skin can cause redness, discomfort and pain. A first degree burn on the skin is usually known as sunburn and the only way to protect the skin is to dab on adequate amounts of sun protection creams and to use protective clothing to shade the skin from ultra violet rays.

Image:  Sunburned skin on the shoulders.

Several home remedies can provide fast relief from a sunburn. To get quick relief from the burn:

- Take frequent cool showers.

- Spread a cool cloth over the area.

- Cut an aloe Vera leaf right across the middle and apply. Another cool remedy to sooth the skin is to place pieces of banana leaf over the area. It will work to prevent inflammation and pain. Alternatively, use grated potato, cucumber slices or tomato to sooth the area. 

- Use soothing lotions that contain Aloe Vera as an active ingredient. Hydrocortisone creams found in many first aid kits can also be used to reduce swelling and pain.

Hydrate the body by drinking enough water. It cools the body and compensates for the loss of fluids. Take plenty of fruits that can supply vitamins and minerals. Boost the intake of vitamin C and Vitamin E rich foods that will help to repair sunburned skin.

It is not uncommon for a headache and mild fever to develop in cases of sunburn. Headaches can develop due to dehydration. It is essential to hydrate the body. Rest in a cool room for better relief from headaches. Simple anti-inflammatory over the counter medications can be used for fever and pain. Look for Tylenol, Panadol, Ibuprofen or Aspirin. Avoid using Aspirin for individuals below the age of 20.

Peeling of the skin can be expected for days following a sunburn. It cannot be prevented and serves to replace the burned skin with new skin layers. Apply oatmeal (powder form) soaked in yogurt over the skin with a cotton. Apply as a thin layer and wait until the layer dries completely. Again, use cotton dipped in cold water and gently clean the area. Avoid rubbing the skin vigorously. Oatmeal helps healing of sunburns.

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Comments (4)

Vinegar. Vinegar is absolutely the best remedy. I'm out in the sun all the time, and vinegar works better than anything--and I've tried them all.

All good advice and a scary image, to boot.

nice advice...thanks

This is good information. My husband always gets at least one sunburn per year, so this will be very helpful.

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