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How to Deal with Sunburn

Updated on July 14, 2009

The Sun is one of the reasons why there's life on Earth. Without the Sun, life is not possible. Ironically, it can also cause us harm, because its rays emit radiation. Sunburn is the most common effect of overexposure to the sun's rays. While rarely serious, sunburn can be painful. Fortunately, avoiding it is easy. Here are some tips.. .

1. Avoid staying too long under the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sun's rays are most intense during those times.

2. If you have to spend some time under the sun, apply some sunblock. It can help protect your skin from sunburn. Remember to apply it on all parts of exposed skin, including your face. Wearing a hat or cap can help provide additional protection.

3. When engaging in activities under the sun, try to take a break once in a while. Move into a shade, and remember to drink plenty of water.

If you stayed under the sun too long and had a mild case of sunburn, here are some things you can do:

1. You can relieve pain by applying cold compress to the affected areas. Applying baking soda dissolved in water can also help.

2. To help your skin heal faster, apply on your skin lotion that contains aloe. The aloe can also soothe the pain, as well as help moisturize the skin.

3. Avoid using perfume, as it can irritate your sensitive skin. It would also be best to avoid shaving because shaving can irritate the skin.

4. When drying your skin after a bath, pat yourself dry. Rubbing can irritate your tender skin. If you want to take any medication, it would be best to ask your doctor first. While mild cases of sunburn usually won't require medical treatment, more severe cases might need medical attention. If there is any sign of blisters or swelling, it would be best to see a doctor.


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