How to Properly Treat Your Sunburns
There are a couple of steps that you should take when you or a loved one gets sunburn.
- Try to cool down.
The minute you feel that you have a sunburn, take action. Try to cool your skin and get out of the sun immediately. You can use a cold compress that you can buy from any pharmacy in Guelph, but do not apply ice directly to your skin. You can also take a short cool shower or bath.
- Moisturize your damp skin.
After moistening the sunburnt area with cold water, apply some moisturizing lotion to keep the affected area from drying out and peeling. You can repeat the process over the next few days.
- Decrease inflammation by taking inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce discomfort.
You can also use OTC cortisone creams which may help to reduce redness and irritation – aloe vera is another great option.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Burns draw fluid out of the skin, which can lead to dehydration. If you have a sunburn, drink water and sports drinks to replenish fluid and electrolytes.
- When worse comes to worst, seek medical care.
You can visit a walk-in clinic in Guelph if you notice blistering over a large part of your body, fever, chills, nausea, or confusion.
Even more important than sunburn treatment is sunburn prevention: Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sunlight exposure and reapply every 2 hours while outdoors. Serious burns may require consultation at a medical clinic in Ontario.