Most of us have experienced the excruciating pain that comes along with a bad sunburn. Everything hurts. Putting on clothes, showering, and any kind of human contact seems unbearable.
If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, you probably want to get rid of you’re the pain from your sunburn desperately. The problem usually turns up when you don’t know how to get rid of it. Things that work for other people may not give you the relief that you need, so keep on reading to explore all of your options for relief, and finally get rid of that sunburn pain!
1. Medical Treatment
First thing’s first. If your sunburn pain is close to unbearable, or if you are showing symptoms of even worse heat-related issues, see a doctor immediately.
It’s important to make sure that your sunburn is not related to heat stroke or severe dehydration. If you feel unusually weak, nauseous, or light-headed, this could be a sign for concern.
Keep an eye out for signs of infection as well. If your burn is bad enough, it may begin to blister, pus, and/or cause a fever. If you believe that your burn is infected, or on track to become infected, it’s very important that you seek medical attention. You can start treating blisters right away by using an anti-bacterial solution and covering the sore with a bandage.
2. Cold Water
Pain from a sunburn is often accompanied by uncomfortable body heat and occasional itchiness. One of the best ways to relieve these unpleasant symptoms is by emerging your body into some cool water.
Fill up your tub with cool water (make sure it’s not too cold for you to stand). Relax for 15 minutes, and your skin will begin to feel much better.
If you choose to take a shower instead, make sure the water pressure is minimal. Too harsh of a stream could be irritating to your burn.
While bathing, do not use any soaps. This will dry out your skin even more, and inflame your burn. If you must shampoo, try to rinse away from the body to avoid the suds making any contact.
There are a ton of at-home remedies that people insist have improved their sunburn pain. Many of these methods can be created from things that are likely sitting in your kitchen at this very moment!
Potatoes are known as an effective pain reliever for skin irritation. You want to get at the juice of the potato for the best healing effects to happen.
Using 2-3 average sized potatoes, pulverize them in a blender, or grate them completely. It’s okay to keep the potato skin on, as long as they’ve been washed well. Add a small amount of water to the potato paste.
Now, soak some cotton balls or gauze in the mixture until it’s damp and apply them to your skin. If you don’t feel like going through all of these steps, you can also simply slice a clean potato and place slices right on your burn.
Milk is a great soother for the skin. For this natural remedy, simply take a piece of gauze, and soak it thoroughly in some cold milk.
Once soaked, take out your gauze and allow excess milk to drip for a few moments. Place the gauze on your burn and pat down gently. If the milk becomes warm before you feel relief, simply re-dip the gauze in the chilled milk and re-apply.
The coolness of yogurt straight from the refrigerator will feel great on your skin. It also contains probiotics that assist in skin healing.
The yogurt must be plain. No fruit or vanilla flavours. Also, make sure that it contains probiotics (it should say so right on the label).
Wash your hands well and slather the cold yogurt on your burn. Leave in place for about 8 minutes, and rinse off well with cool water.
6. Choose the Right Clothes
You probably don’t feel like having anything touch your skin when you have a burn, but if you’re going out you kind of need to have clothes on. It’s important to make the right clothing choices while you have this burn.
You’ll also want your clothes to cover the burn well to avoid further sun exposure. Be sure that your burn is completely covered by whatever clothing you’re wearing.
Your clothes should not fit tightly to your skin. They need to be loose and light-weight in order to keep you as comfortable as possible. Loose clothes made of cotton are great for this.
Also, avoid wearing black or navy if possible. Dark colours attract the sun, and will make you even more uncomfortable. Try your best to stick to white, beige, or pastel colours.
7. Creams and Sprays
There are many creams out there made specifically for sunburn pain relief. Many of them contain soothing elements like aloe or coconut.
There are many options out there for soothing creams, so do some research! Check out online reviews, or ask your friends if they have any experience with them.
Once you’ve chosen your cream follow the instructions on the bottle. Be sure to apply the cream very gently. Use a cotton ball if necessary.
If the idea of a cream doesn’t appeal to you, another great option is a soothing spray made specifically for sunburns. Although not as common as creams, they are still relatively easy to find. These sprays are typically made with purpose to hydrate and soothe the skin. This could be a great way to help ease your pain.
Nobody enjoys dealing with a sunburn. They are annoying, unattractive, itchy, and worst of all—painful. If you have a bad sunburn, you are so desperate to ease your pain that you’re willing to do just about anything. There are a number of methods for you to try in order to get rid of this uncomfortable, stinging pain. Do your best to avoid future sunburns by wearing plenty of sunscreen, or avoiding sun exposure as much as possible. Good luck!
See also: How to Get Rid of a Sunburn Naturally