In the event of sunburn, get indoors or to shade as soon as possible.
To relieve mild sunburn:
- Cool skin by having a cold bath or shower, or sponging it with cold water.
- Soothe and moisturize skin with lotions containing aloe vera or soy. Some products with names ending in “-caine” (such as benzocaine), may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.
- Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
- If experiencing pain, swelling, redness and discomfort, take pain reliever or visit your primary care physician. Do not give aspirin to children under 16.
- Avoid sunlight and cover affected areas until fully healed.
- If blisters form do not pop them. Allow them to heal.
For more serious cases:
Treatment at the nearest hospital and medical clinic may be necessary if you or your child has:
- Blistering or swelling of the skin
- A temperature of 100.4F or above
- Symptoms of heat exhaustion: dizziness, headaches and feeling sick
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.