Skin reddening that usually lasts for several days and might be accompanied by pain and blisters.
A bumpy rash that occurs with even brief sun exposure but usually clears up within a couple of hours after you get out of the sun.
Sunburns of any degree can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, so be mindful to wear sunscreen any time you plan to be outdoors. Reapply the sunscreen regularly (follow the directions on the label).
If you develop the bumpy rash of a sun allergy, consult your doctor. You may need to wear special clothing that protects you from the sun’s UV rays.
Effective ways to treat a sunburn at home:
- Drink lots of water
- Take cool showers or apply cool, damp compresses to the skin
- Use a commercial sunburn product containing aloe vera or lidocaine
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers (but never give children aspirin)Apply skin moisturizer frequently
- Do not pop any blisters, as this increases the risk of infection
- Avoid picking at peeling skin