You are enjoying a nice day outside with your favorite panda, but soon after the nap, you notice that your skin has become red and painful. This is a sunburn: your skin has been burnt by the sun after a long exposure without sufficient protection. Now take action!
1. Shelter from the sun
Hide yourself in the shade (preferably inside a building) to avoid any further exposure
2. Drink extra water
Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration.
3. Ease the pain
Cool water can help relieve pain and dissipate the heat accumulated by the skin. Nothing like a cool shower to ease a sunburn! An alternative is to regularly place a cool and moist towel on the painful area for 10 to 15 minutes.
Then, regularly apply a soothing after sun moisturizer. This would help the damaged skin to stay hydrated and heal.
Finally, a painkiller such as paracetamol could help you withstand the pain during the healing process if required.
4. Monitor the evolution
If you notice blistering, do not pierce but cover with a sterile dressing to avoid infection. It is necessary to consult a doctor if the sunburn is severe, if you experience unbearable pain or if fever develops within 48 hours.
5. Avoid the next one
Sunburns are dangerous to health and should be avoided.
The best way to prevent sunburns is to wear clothes, a hat or a cap, and sunglasses. Sunscreen can be used in addition to clothes, although it can not replace them. If possible, you should also avoid direct sun exposure during the peak hours (usually between 10am and 4pm).
Finally, remember this: “No shadow, seek shade!”. If your shadow appears smaller than you, this means that the sun is shining strongly above you – immediately seek a shelter. If it is larger than you, you can stay outside.
List of products recommended by DocPanda if you are suffering from sunburn:
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1. After sun moisturizer, 2. Sterile dressing, 3. Sunscreen
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More information :
- American Academy of Dermatology – Treating Sunburn, https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin/skin-cancer/treating-sunburn, accédé le 27 avril 2017.
- Monseau AJ, et al., Sunburn, Thermal, and Chemical Injuries to the Skin. Prim Care. 2015 Dec;42(4):591-605.
- Singer AJ, et al. Current management of acute cutaneous wounds. N Engl J Med. 2008 Sep 4;359(10):1037-46.
Important : this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. Please consult a health professional for any personalized medical advice.