YOUR HEALTH: Treating a Sunburn


It's Monday and time to focus on your health. This week, we're talking sunburns and what you can do to treat them.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has five ways to treat a sunburn at home. The first step is to act quickly. As soon as you see any sign of sunburn on either yourself or your kids get out of the sun and start treating it.

After taking a cool shower or bath, the Foundation suggests using a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Experts say consider using a product that contains Vitamin C or Vitamin E. It's also okay to use a hydrocortisone cream for a day or two to relieve any pain. Remember, don't scrub, pick or peel your skin and don't break any blisters.

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Don't wait to medicate. Take or give your child a dose if Ibuprofen as soon as you notice the sunburn. Your urged to keep that up for the next 48 hours. Experts say that will cut back on the swelling and redness that occurs.

Lastly, make sure you take a close look at your sunburn. Most of them can be treated at home, but if a blistering burn covers 20% or more of our body go to a doctor. You should also go in if you have fevers and chills.

A sunburn is preventable. Mayo Clinic suggests avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, covering up with tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs and a broad-brimmed hat. You should also wear sunscreen and a lot of it and wear sunglasses when you're outside.


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