Sunburn - Home Treatment
Home treatment measures may provide
some relief from a mild sunburn.
- Use cool cloths on sunburned
- Take frequent cool showers or baths.
soothing lotions that contain aloe vera to sunburned areas. Topical steroids
1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling.
Note: Do not use the cream on children younger than age
2 unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in the rectal or vaginal area in
children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells you to.
A sunburn can cause a mild fever and a headache. Lie down in a
cool, quiet room to relieve the headache. A headache may be caused by
dehydration, so drinking fluids may help. For more
information, see the topic
There is little you can do to
stop skin from peeling after a sunburn-it is part of the healing process.
Lotion may help relieve the itching.
Other home treatment measures, such as chamomile, may help relieve your sunburn
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Talk to your child?s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
| Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
- Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
Home treatment may help decrease
pain, prevent infection, and help the skin heal.
Small, unbroken blisters [less than
1 in. (2.5 cm) across] usually
heal on their own.
- Do not try to break the blisters. Just leave
- Do not cover the blisters unless something such as
clothing is rubbing against them. If you do cover them, apply a loose bandage.
Secure the bandage so the tape does not touch the blisters. Do not wrap tape
completely around a hand, arm, foot, or leg, because it could cut off the blood
supply if the limb swells. If the tape is too tight, you may develop symptoms
below the level of the tape, such as numbness, tingling, pain, or cool and pale
or swollen skin.
- Avoid wearing clothes or shoes or doing activities
that rub or irritate the blisters until they have healed.