Treating Sunburn

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Too much time in the sun can cause a painful, itchy sunburn. There are home remedies that can help take the sting out. Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sunburns are painful and irritating but they usually heal themselves in a couple of weeks. The following home treatment measures may provide some relief.

- Use cool cloths on sunburned areas.

- Take frequent cool showers or baths.

- Apply soothing lotions that contain Aloe Vera to sunburned areas.

- Topical steroids, such as one percent hydrocortisone cream, may relieve the pain and swelling associated with sunburn.

Sunburn can cause a mild fever and a headache. Lie down in a cool, quiet room to relieve the headache. A headache may be caused by dehydration, so drinking fluids may help.

There is little you can do to stop skin from peeling after sunburn. It is part of the healing process. Lotion may help relieve the itching. Other home treatment measures, such as Calamine, may help relieve your sunburn symptoms.

You may also try a nonprescription medicine, such as Tylenol or Motrin, to help treat your fever or pain.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.