Knowing how to treat a sunburn is the second most important thing you should know about sunburns.
Knowing how to prevent a sunburn is even more important!
A sunburn can turn a wonderful day at the beach ...
... into a miserable evening.
Even a mild sunburn is painful - and a severe sunburn can be excruciating!
A mild sunburn is actually a first degree burn.
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you the symptoms of sunburn! As you know, after spending too much time in the sun, you will have
Here's what my leg looked like after a day by the lake. As you can see, I was wearing short socks, and no sunscreen.
An extreme sunburn is a second degree burn. As well as the redness and heat, there will be
Here are the basics on how to treat a sunburn:
To relieve pain, apply any of these:
Here's my son after a full day in the lake. I applied sunscreen thoroughly in the morning, but neglected to reapply it soon enough. He was very sore that evening and night - and all the next day!
If you have a severe sunburn, you'll need to take extra care. Here's how to treat a sunburn that is serious:
Seek medical attention if the patient
The goal of any remedy is to relieve pain while the burn heals. Here are some interesting home remedies:
(Please note that I haven't tried any of these, and I'm not making a recommendation! Use your own common sense, and check with your doctor if you are unsure about how to treat a sunburn.)
Preventing a sunburn is much easier than treating a sunburn!
Click here to learn about how to apply sunscreen, and for other strategies for preventing sunburn.
Now that you know how to treat a sunburn, click here to review more first aid skills you may need while camping.
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