Treating sunburn

Treating sunburn

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If you forget to protect your skin from the sun, you might get a sunburn. It can really hurt and you need to stay out of the sun until it gets better.  Here are some things that can help make you feel better:

  • Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. Do this for 10 or 15 minutes a few times every day. That will help take some of the heat out of your skin. You also can take cool baths.
  • Apply lotion. Lotions that have something called aloe vera in them help make your skin feel better. Be careful not to use lotions or creams that have any of these things listed in the ingredients: petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. Things with petroleum trap the heat in your skin (and you don't want that!) and benzocaine and lidocaine can bother your skin.
  • Ask your parents about taking ibuprofen if the sunburn really hurts.
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water. Sunburn makes you get very dry inside, so you need to drink a lot.
  • Leave blisters alone. If you get blisters, don't pop them because that makes the sunburn worse. You can even get an infection.
  • Tell your parents if you feel sick.  They might need to take you to the doctor if you feel dizzy, weak, sick to your stomach, cold, or just not yourself. Those things can mean the sunburn is making you really sick and you need help.

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