Thursday, March 17, 2011


I have sunburns due to my carelessness. I'm hopeful that you will find this post timely and useful. I searched around the web to find a treatment and how to take care of it yourself.

Fairer skinned people are higher prone to getting sunburn more than darker skinned people. Here are some home remedies to help you out.

There are 3 types of burns. 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree burns. 1st degree burns are described as having the red color and pain. 2nd degree burns are accompanied by the red, pain, as well as water bubbles.

If the bubbles are more than 2 inches in diameter, seek professional help immediately. DO NOT POP THEM! If there is a discoloration in any of the oozing, again, seek professional help immediately.

3rd degree burns are all of the above and including patches of white skin. This is the most dangerous form of sunburn. It is best to seek medical attention immediately.

***If there are any red or white streaks, go to the nearest ER and seek professional help.

There are many forms of home remedies for the first 2 burn degrees.

1st degree and 2nd degree burns can easily be handled by placing cool compresses to the damaged area. You can also use over the counter medications but try to stay away from medications containing "cane or caine" at the end. People are sensitive to the pain relief medications. DO NOT PLACE OIL BASED PRODUCTS ON BURNS! The old wives' tale about placing butter on the burn can actually do more damage. The oil based products can cause the pores of your skin to clog and keep the burn from 'breathing', thus creating infection.

Try taking a cool shower. NOT COLD. Taking a cold shower or bath can cause the body to go into shock. If you wish to take a bath, you can add vinegar to your water. The vinegar will take out the sting from the sunburn. You can also cook oatmeal and add it to your bath as well.

Once you have accomplished all of this, use Aloe Vera to add moisture to the burn. Ingest larger quantities of liquids as well as keep an eye out for signs of infection. While the burn is healing, wear loose natural clothing like silks or light cottons. Harsher fabrics will irritate the skin even more. If there are any signs of infection, seek professional care at once.

DISCLAIMER: These are home care tips only. These tips are not to replace your regular health care provider. If unsure at anytime when you receive your sunburn, call your health care provider for assistance.

Sunburns destroy skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids, and protects us from infection. To protect yourself next time against sunburn, use sunblock and replenish it according to directions. It is best to replace the application 30 minutes to 1 hour before the next one is due. Apply immediately after water fun or sports. Wear light and loose clothing. Wear large brimmed hats as well as the correct type of sunglasses.

Enjoy the summer!!!


Michelle said...

Thanks for this! I'm super prone to sunburns so this actually helps a lot. :)

imriz said...

thanks for sharing these will come in handy this summer.

im a follower:)

simply kim said...

hmmm... just about time for this post, summer is almost here, lol!

carinamodella said...

thanks for visiting girls!

GAGAY said...

your tips are great.. :D but i seldom go out esp. summer.. :D too hot! LOL! (eh, dats why summer..hehehe)

:D by the way, care for exlinks? ihave three blogs..just ping me if you do and done adding my blogs so i can add yours then..i just followed this blog of yours too..hope u can follow my blogs too..have a great week ahead!

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