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Getting a sunburn is a very bad idea. It looks bad, hurts, peels and causes long lasting wrinkles and an increased risk of skin cancer. But it is totally preventable with sunscreen, shade and clothing. However, if sunburn does happen here are five tips to ease the pain and maybe limit the skin damage.

  1. Act Quickly

If you see a sign of skin reddening or feel the tingling of a burn get into the shade quickly and start treatment.

  1. Moisturize

After a cool shower or bath slather on the moisturizer cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat frequently to decrease peeling and flaking. Consider a product with Vitamin C and Vitamin E which might help to limit skin damage.


  1. Hydrate

Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. Drink extra water, juices or sports drinks for 2-3 days and watch for signs of dehydration including dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and sleepiness.


  1. Don’t wait to medicate

Use ibuprofen as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours. It diminishes the swelling and redness that is going to occur and might prevent long term skin damage.


  1. Assess the damage

Most sunburns, even those that cause a few blisters can be treated at home. But if a blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body seek medical attention immediately. Anyone who is suffering from fever and chills should also seek medical attention.

Remember if you have questions about sunburn or how to treat it please contact your health care provider.