Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How To Treat a Sunburn

Got a sunburn? Here are some tips to ease your pain:
  • Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen to relieve pain, headache, and fever
  • Soothe burns with cool baths or by gently applying cool, wet cloths
  • Use a topical moisturizing cream or aloe to provide additional relief
  • If skin blisters, lightly bandage or cover the area with gauze to prevent infection. Don’t break blisters. Apply antiseptic ointment if blisters break
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t go back into the sun until the burn has healed

Seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:
  • Severe sunburn (especially if it covers more than 15% of the body)
  • High fever
  • Dehydration
  • Extreme pain that lasts more than 48 hours

(Source: CDC.gov )

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