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How do you treat symptoms of a sunburn?

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  • 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.

From: Sunburn Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Sunburn."

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

Intermountain Healthcare: "Sunburn -- Adults."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Sunburn."

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

Intermountain Healthcare: "Sunburn -- Adults."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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