Home remedies for sunburn
is something you don’t think about usually until it’s too late.
I remember the 3rd degree sunburn I got as a kid and I’ll never forget it! I spent the entire day at the pool and later I paid for it with blisters on my shoulders and back that were excruciatingly painful!
Home remedies for sunburn
is something you’ll be glad you knew about when you or your children are in pain. (And we know sunburns can be pretty painful, depending on how bad you’re burned.
Home remedies for sunburn may provide some relief from a mild sunburn, but if you’ve been burned badly from the sun, you won’t get relief immediately.
Here are some
home remedies for sunburn
Use light fitting, cool cloths on sunburned areas.
Take frequent cool showers to help ease the pain.
Gently apply soothing skin lotions that contain aloe vera to sunburned areas.
Sunburns can cause a mild fever and sometimes even a headache. Lie down in a cool, quiet room to ease the pain of the headache.
Since sunburn tends to dehydrate a person, a headache may be caused by dehydration, so drink plenty of fluids.
No matter how many good home remedies for sunburn you use, there’s little you can do to stop skin from peeling after a sunburn. It’s just part of the healing process and is normal. Home remedies for sunburn should include a lotion to help relieve the itching. Use one with little, to no alcohol in it.
Other home remedies for sunburn, like chamomile, may help relieve your sunburn symptoms.
Home remedies for sunburn medicines you can buy without a prescription can be used for pain you may experience during the early stages after being burned.
For fever or pain, Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn or Motrin may need to be used.
Check with a health care professional before switching back and forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Home remedies for sunburn care of blisters:
Smaller, unbroken blisters, less than 1 in. (2.5 cm) across, usually heal on their own, but they will be very uncomfortable for a few days.
Don’t try to break the blisters. Just leave them alone.
Do not cover the blisters with clothing, to avoid rubbing against them.
If you have to cover them, apply a loose bandage over them before dressing.
Make certain the bandage tape doesn’t touch the blisters.
Avoid wearing clothes, shoes or any activities that rub or irritate the blisters until they have healed.
Most large blisters will break on their own and then heal without problems.
If you’re going to touch the blisters, wash your hands with soap and water first. They can easily become infected.
If you have large blisters that seem to have a great amount of water, you may want to drain them, depending on where it is.
Home remedies for sunburn draining procedure:
Clean a needle with rubbing alcohol or soap and water, then gently puncture the edge of the blister.
Press the fluid in the blister toward the hole you made. This is exactly how I did mine when I was a young boy.
Wash the blister after you’ve drained it, and gently pat it dry with clean gauze.
Don’t remove the skin covering the blister unless it tears, gets dirty or pus starts to form under it.
As long as the blister only has a small puncture or break, leave the flap of skin on, and gently pat it flat to dry it.
I consider home remedies for sunburn to include an antibiotic ointment, like polymyxin B or bacitracin, as long as you’re not allergic to it.
The purpose of the ointment is to prevent the bandage from sticking to the blister and help prevent infection.
Don’t use alcohol or iodine on the blister. because these may delay healing.
Loosely apply a bandage or gauze so the tape doesn’t touch the blister.
If the skin under the bandage begins to itch or develop a rash, stop using the ointment.
Change the bandage every day and everytime it gets wet or dirty. Soak the bandage in cool water just before removing it, to make it easier to take off without pulling your skin.
Home remedies for sunburn include watching to make sure you’re healing with any infection.
Signs of infection would be:
Increased pain, swelling or redness after days since the burn
Red streaks extending out from the blister
Fever still after several days from the original burn occured
Symptoms to watch for during the use of home remedies for sunburn
Fever develops days after the original burn
Dehydration occurs and you’re not able to drink enough
Signs of skin infection in blisters
Signs of an allergic reaction
Symptoms become more severe
Author: Steve Berchtold