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Ways to Heal a Sunburn Fast

Sunburn is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds. Symptoms include red, painful, and warm skin, as well as possible swelling and blistering. To heal a sunburn, the following steps can be taken:



Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Sunburns tend to draw fluid to the skin's surface and away from the rest of the body causing dehydration. It is imperative to rehydrate by drinking water while your skin heals.


Apply aloe vera gel or a moisturiser to the affected area. This will help soothe and boost the moisture content of the skin. Try cooling the product in the refrigerator before applying and avoid products made with alcohol.


Protect yourself from further sun exposure. Avoid the sun until the redness, peeling and pain have disappeared. This ensures that the skin has time to repair and build up another protective barrier of cells. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, apply sunscreen.


If blisters appear, allow them to heal and try not to pop them. Blistering skin is an indication of a second-degree sunburn. It is vital to not pop blisters as they help the skin heal and prevent infections.


Keep the sunburned area cool by using a cool compress or taking a cool bath. After getting out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing on the skin as this will cause further skin irritation and redness.


It is important to note that severe sunburn can lead to serious complications and should be treated by a healthcare professional. If you have a fever, chills, or severe pain, seek medical attention.


Published by Jolnar Chami

Bankstown Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre

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