How to Treat a Sunburn. Did all that fun in the sun end with a nasty
burn? Let’s get you some relief. You will need A bathtub or cold, wet compresses
Aloe vera plant or lotion, or hydrocortisone cream Aspirin Sunblock Baking soda or colloidal
oatmeal Acetaminophen or ibuprofen and an antibiotic ointment. Step 1. Cool off your skin with a cool bath or cool,
wet compresses. If you opt for the bath, add a half cup of
baking soda or several cups of colloidal oatmeal (available at drugstores). Soak for 10 minutes. Repeat as often as needed. Step 2. Apply something soothing, like aloe vera from
a plant or lotion, or 1% hydrocortisone cream. Do not use petroleum-based products or products
with benzocaine; they’ll just lock in the heat. Step 3. If you’re an adult, take an aspirin; its
anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve the pain. Never give aspirin to children under 16; give
them acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead. Step 4. Let your skin heal. If blisters form, leave them alone; if they
break, use an antibiotic ointment. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can
do about peeling—but a moisturizing lotion can ease any itching. Step 5. Buy a good sunscreen and a big sunhat so you
don’t get burned again. And stay out of the sun until your burn has
healed! Did you know It’s easier to get sunburned
at high altitudes because you’re less protected by the atmosphere—for every 1,000 feet you
go up, your exposure to UV rays increases 4%.

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