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Tips on Sun Burn Relief

By Janine Sanborn, West Oaks Urgent Care Content Writer

Sunburns are common, especially during the summer when the sun is always out. It is necessary to take the right precautions by wearing the right protection.  It is also important to treat the sunburn as soon as you get it.

To relieve discomfort:

  • Put a cold, damp towel on your skin: It works best to do this for 10 to 15 minutes a couple times every day. This takes some of the heat out of the skin. Another alternative is to take cool showers to relieve pain. Instead of rubbing yourself to dry, make sure to pat and leave a little water on the skin to help trap the moisture from your lotion.
  • Use moisturizers: Lotion with aloe vera will definitely help soothe the skin. If the skin becomes too irritated, you can use hydrocortisone cream.
  • Take ibuprofen if pain worsens: This will help reduce swelling, redness, or discomfort.
  • Drink water: Water will help prevent dehydration.
  • Wear clothing that covers your skin while you are outdoors.

Sunburns can potentially cause long-lasting damage to the skin. This can cause the risk for skin cancer to increase which makes it even more important to protect the skin from sun.  For any concerns or question you have about sun burn or summer health please feel free to contact West Oaks Urgent Care at (281) 496-4948.

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