Sunburn—red, hot, burning skin—can result from spending too much time in the sun or in tanning booths. The amount of exposure that results in sunburned skin varies from person to person. Fair-skinned people take less time to burn than darker-skinned people. People taking medications that cause photosensitivity may also burn very quickly.
Sunburn symptoms include:
- Pink or red skin that feels warm to the touch
- Skin may be swollen or develop fluid-filled blisters
- Headache, fever, chills or fatigue can develop if sunburn covers a large area of
Avoiding sun exposure—especially between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM —is the best way to avoid a sunburn. Using protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses, will help to minimize the chances of burning. Applying a sunscreen (SPF-15 or higher) to all exposed areas, especially the face, ears and the tops of feet will also help minimize the chances of getting a sunburn.
Sunburn treatment doesn’t heal your skin or prevent damage to your skin, but it can reduce pain, swelling and discomfort. Common remedies include nonprescription anti-inflammatory medication, applying a cool compress and using an aloe vera lotion. Sunburn typically resolves on its own within several days, depending on the severity of the burn.
Most cases of mild sunburn will heal within a few days, and they may be helped by the remedies mentioned above in combination with SARNA Original lotion, which can help cool and soothe the burn.
See your doctor if your sunburn is blistering and covers a large portion of your body, or if you have a fever, extreme pain, nausea or chills. Also seek medical care if you show signs of infection such as increased pain, fever, yellow drainage (pus) from blisters or red streaks leading away from a blister and traveling up arms or legs.
1. Data on file, Crown Laboratories