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Sunburn Remedies - Easy Home Remedies For Sunburn Pain

Updated on September 1, 2011

Sunburn Remedies and Sunburn Treatment

Almost everyone has experienced sunburn at least once in their lives.

Even when careful, such as on a hazy day or when not wearing sufficient sun block, the sun can catch you off guard and provide a skin burn that can be hot and uncomfortable.

Initially, your skin will turn red about 2 to 6 hours after exposure and will feel irritated. The worst of the effects are usually noted at 12-24 hours.

While most minor sunburns can be easily treated at home with these home remedies, it is important to seek medical care if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: severe blistering, severe pain, headache, nausea or vomiting, confusion, fainting or if you have another serious medical condition.

For milder burns that do not require medical care, here are a few home remedies to help you get through the next 24 hours as comfortably as possible.

For even more easy to use home remedies visit Home Remedies For Everything.

Apply Aloe

Aloe can do wonders for treating a sunburn. You can use the fresh leaf of an aloe plant, simply break open and apply the gel to skin (be sure that you are not allergic to aloe however) or you can apply pure aloe vera gel from a pump bottle found in most drugstores. For an even cooler effect, you can refrigerate the aloe vera bottle for at least 1/2 hour before using.

Use Cheerios

Cheerios for a sunburn? Who knew? Simply pour 2 cups of Cheerios in a blender and blend at medium to high speed until it turns into a fine powder. Then pour the cheerios into a luke warm bath and soak in the oats for about 30 minutes. This oatmeal bath will help relieve sunburn pain.

Be sure to place a plastic or mesh drain cover over your drain however so you do not clog up pipes when you let the water out.

Try Baking Soda

Baking soda can also help relieve pain when added to a lukewarm, tepid of cool bath.

Simply dissolve 1/2 cup to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes, then let the powdered solution dry on your skin.

Do your best to avoid using soap when you have a sun burn - because it can actually dry skin further.

Soothe Sunburn with Tea Bags

Tea bags are popular in many home remedies and they can help relieve the pain of a sunburn as well.

Simply soak a bunch of tea bags in warm water for a couple of minutes then gently pat burned areas with the wet bags. The tannic acid in the tea will help relieve sunburn pain.

Apply White Vinegar

White vinegar is another popular home remedy for sunburn. Do not use however if there is any blistering.

You can either soak a wash cloth in white vinegar and gently compress against the burned areas or pour two cups of white vinegar in a luke warm or tepid bath and soak. The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a topical NSAID.

Apply Yogurt

Yogurt is another great sunburn soother. Gently spread some yogurt (any flavor will do - but the plainer the better) on the burn and leave for about 20 minutes. Then gently wash off in a cool bath, shower or cool wash cloth. Gently pat skin dry - then moisturize.

Try Desitin

If you happen to have a little one in the house - Desitin which is used for diaper rash - can also help to reduce the pain and redness of a sunburn. Leave on for 20 minutes - then gently wipe off.

Drink Water

Drink plenty of water! This is very important when dealing with sun burn. Staying well hydrated will counterattack the drying effects of a sunburn.

Be Sure to Moisturize

While soaks and compresses can feel good and offer temporary relief, they can sometimes also leave your skin feeling drier than before if you do not immediately put moisturizer on afterwards.

A great moisturizing cream or lotion such as Eucerin can help keep skin moist. You can also try Wibi which is a topical cream that contains a little bit of a cooling menthol.

Raise Your Legs

If you find that your legs are burned and your feet are swollen, elevate your legs above heart level to keep the swelling down.

Take Aspirin

This is another old standby that can help relieve itching, pain and swelling of a sunburn.Take 2 tablets every 4 hours.

You can use ibuprofen or acetaminophen as well is that is all you have handy or you are allgergic to aspirin, but aspirin seems to do a better job.

You should actually take the aspirin before the redness even begins to show if you already have an inkling that you might have gotten too much sun today.

Be sure to visit Home Remedies For Everything for 100's of great tips on other ailments that can easily be treated at home.


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