Her Check-Up: Treating Sunburn 7 years ago

Her Check-Up: Treating Sunburn

When the sun shines in Ireland, we can be sure that a few hours later the stinging pain of a sunburn is going to start kicking in.

We all know the importance of sun-cream, and we can’t stress enough that if you’re heading out under the bright lights of sunshine, you need to protect your skin with an SPF.


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But for those caught out, we’ve some top tips for dealing with the lobster red, painful skin coming to the surface:

  • Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. If your skin isn’t broken, consider taking a cool shower or bath to take the heat out of the skin.
  • Use a moisturiser that contains aloe vera or vitamin E to help soothe sunburned skin. Lather on the skin and continue to moisturise during the day to keep the skin from peeling. Avoid scrubbing, picking or peeling the skin. Do not burst any blisters on the skin.
  • Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. If you do become burned, drink extra water, juice and sports drinks for a couple of days and watch for signs of dehydration. Signs of dehydration to look out for include:
    • Dry mouth
    • Thirst
    • Reduced urination
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Sleepiness
  • If there is pain, take two paracetamol. This may also help in cases where a fever spikes.

Although, most sunburns can be treated at home, medical advice may be required if:

  • A blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body (or a child's whole back)
  • Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills

Remember, sunburn is a reminder that you are not protecting your skin. Be sure to wear a high SPF from 10am-4pm when the sun is at its strongest and to keep areas affected by burn or sensitive to light covered under light clothing.