I caught a sunburn: what to do?So what to do once it is "too late", that we caught a sunburn, when the skin scratches and "burns"? What to avoid And when is it necessary to consult a doctor? Here are some tips to know how to react well in case of sunburn!
- Avoid exposure to the sun until sunburn has completely disappeared (at least a week). Stay in the shade!
- Fresh and moist compresses can relieve.
- Moisturize the skin, for example by spraying thermal water on the skin attacked by too much sun. This has a soothing effect. Important: do not allow the water to evaporate, but gently dab it.
- Do not forget moisturizing and soothing gels and lotions specially designed to disinfect and calm the burn. Optionally, a fatty dressing can be applied to the area most affected by solar erythema.
- Drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid or paracetamol relieve pain, and at the same time have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- An antihistamine gel can relieve itching.
- It is also advisable to drink abundantly, especially water.
When should I see a doctor?
When a mild sunburn has occurred, the tips listed above may be sufficient to relieve and pass the inflammation.
But in case of severe sunburn, when blisters begin to form (2nd degree of burn, see previous chapter) and secondary symptoms such as headache, fever or chills occur, it is strongly recommended to consult a general practitioner or a dermatologist. In addition to providing local care, prescribe fatty bandages, the doctor can also treat heat stroke.
He will be able to treat sunburn and advise pain medications in the category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and paracetamol.
When elderly people or children are affected and sunburn is severe, prolonged medical supervision is also advised.
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