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What should I do if I get a sunburn?

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Immediately apply 90% aloe vera gel or the juice squeezed directly from the aloe plant. Every tropical culture uses aloe vera as a treatment for sunburn. It soothes damaged skin because it is anti-inflammatory and may prevent the burn from deepening.

If you don't have aloe, apply a moisturizing lotion that doesn't contain alcohol.

A sunburn with blisters is a second-degree burn and puts you at high risk for skin problems. See a doctor if your sunburn has blistered.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Your Personal Health and Safety." 

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreens."

.: "Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Your Personal Health and Safety." 

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreens."

.: "Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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