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Aftercare Sunburn Tips

The red. The painful. The tender.

Every summer, it seems like at least one family member ends up with a sunburn – usually in the upper part of the shoulders and back.

IMG_7007I’m referring to the infamous sunburn. Besides the obvious prevention steps, such as avoiding the sun altogether, what are the most effective ways to relieve a sunburn?

Phon H. Vuong, physician assistant, Coast Dermatology and Laser Center in Laguna Beach offers these important aftercare sunburn steps for her patients:

COOL WATER
Cool skin by running cold water over the affected site.

APPLY A TOPICAL
Apply either cortisone cream or Aloe Vera (both over the counter). Chill the cream in the refrigerator for more effective relief.

GET SOME R&R
Make sure to rehydrate and rest.

According to Vuong one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to sunburns is “continuing to sunbathe in an effort get a base tan so that they won’t burn in the near future.” Building a base for tanning to prevent burning is a common myth.

The fact of the matter is that a sunburn can be serious if not treated properly. However, when is it necessary to seek medical attention?

She recommends looking for these warning signs and get to a doctor immediately:

  • Feeling unwell (fatigue, lethargic, feverish and/or have symptoms of nausea)
  • Vomiting, chills
    or
  • Development of blisters in sunburned areas

Without a doubt, not getting sunburned in the first place is the ideal situation. Vuong suggests: “Make it a habit to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it every one to two hours. This is especially important for those engaged in water sports and/or any other activities that cause excessive perspiration.”

Knowing my family’s summer schedule filled with trips to the pool, parks and beach, that’s easier said than done. But I guess putting on sunscreen before hitting the rays is way better than a nasty sunburn.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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2 Comments

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  2. If I may ; I would add this to the good Doctors advise.. A GOOD LATHERING OF ALOE VERA ” BEFORE ”
    YOU GO OUT IN THE SUN> Blessings.RNR ..

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