Summertime means fun in the sun but it can also be a painful thing. Maybe you forgot to reapply your sunscreen or you fell asleep while hoping to get your vitamin D intake for the day. Only now your skin is bright lobster red and ooowwwwww! What do you do now? Follow us for our series on treating your skin after getting a sunburn. The third tip for treating skin for a sunburn is to decrease inflammation.
Decrease the Inflammation
At the first sign of sunburn, taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, can help with discomfort and inflammation, says Dr. Brackeen, who practices at the Skin Cancer Institute in Lubbock, Texas. You can continue with the NSAIDs as directed till the burn feels better. You can also use a 1 percent over-the-counter cortisone cream as directed for a few days to help calm redness and swelling. Aloe vera may also soothe mild burns and is generally considered safe. Wear loose, soft, breathable clothing to avoid further skin irritation, and stay out of the sun.
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If you missed our other important tips for treating a sunburn, click below for more on each tip.
See a Doctor if …
Seek medical help if you have severe blistering over a large portion of the body, fever and chills, or feel woozy or confused. Don’t scratch or pop blisters, as this can lead to infection. Signs of infection include red streaks or oozing pus.
Learn from the Burn!
Your skin will heal, but real damage has been done. Don’t dismiss sunburn pain. Commit it to memory and protect yourself from repeat sunburns, which can put you at risk for skin cancer and premature aging. Protect yourself from the sun everyday, all year long.
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