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    Sunburn Treatment

    Call 911 if the person:

    • Does not seem to be responding appropriately
    • Has a seizure, visual changes, or any other neurologic symptoms; these could be symptoms of severe heat illness.

    • Does not seem to be responding appropriately
    • Has a seizure, visual changes, or any other neurologic symptoms; these could be symptoms of severe heat illness.

    Call a health care provider if:

    • The burn has blisters or the skin is white-appearing or numb. These are symptoms of a more-serious sunburn.
    • The sunburned person is a child under one year old.

    1. Rehydrate

    • Replace body fluids with water, juice, or sports drinks.

    2. Treat Symptoms

    • Apply aloe or over-the-counter moisturizing lotion to skin as directed.
    • To soothe and cool skin, take a cool bath or shower or apply cool compresses to the area.
    • For pain, take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • If blisters form, don't break them.
    • Protect your skin from further sun exposure.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2015

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